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Message from the Medical Director

20 May 2016

I would like to thank you for your continued support with the delivery of first class patient care.  The initial feedback from the Care Quality Commission was that YOU are providing quality care to our patients.  Thank you.

My goal, and one that I know is shared by Andy Newton and Kath Start, is for the Trust to build on this and move forward to truly patient-centred care, that improves not only clinical outcomes but the lives of the community we serve. 

I will be in regular contact with you via a range of mediums including email, newsletter and face to face roadshows. I will be sending details out separately of these events where I hope to meet as many of you as possible.

My first message to you is a basic one, but it’s fundamentally crucial that we get the basics right. Hand hygiene is of vital importance and is a basic skill we must all get to grips with.  This is not as simple as just putting on a pair of gloves.  It goes deeper.  I encourage you to think about every aspect of care you provide and the impact it has on our patients.  Thinking about how you keep our patients safe and following the founding principles of ‘do no harm’ is vital.  Good hand hygiene helps us to do just that.

Please take time to look at the ‘5 Moments of Hand Hygiene’ below. This provides the basic principles to abide by:

Your 5 moments for hand hygiene

Further information can be found in the Infection Prevention and Control Manual  in the Clinical Zone.


Dr Rory McCrea, Medical Director

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