29 January 2010
Local people can put their skills to the test by designing new eye-catching artwork to highlight the alcohol gel dispensers at entrances to wards and departments at Salisbury District Hospital.
Regular hand washing and use of alcohol gels are the first line of defence against infections, and patients visitors and staff must use them when entering and leaving clinical areas.
This unique opportunity will help to raise public awareness further of good hand hygiene while people are in hospital and give them the opportunity to get involved in a worthwhile and creative project.
Ian Robinson, General Manager for Facilities said: "Although we already have low infection rates at Salisbury District Hospital, it’s important that we continue to look carefully at what we do and make any improvements that we feel are necessary."
"Alcohol gels have an essential role to play in protecting our patients and these are available at the entrances to wards and departments. However, we also need to make them stand out and be easily identifiable when entering clinical areas."
"We already have bright yellow designed dispensers in place, but want to use the skills of adults or children to create more eye catching designs that draw attention to the gels and their significance to the healthcare environment."
Please note the following guidance :
- Designs should be decorative, colourful, eye-catching. They can be a photograph, painting, print or collage. Artwork needs to be 22cm wide by 90cm tall or in proportion so that it can be scaled up or down.
- The design must not breach the copyright of third parties by using trade names or existing images.
- Designs can be submitted as an original on paper or board, or digitally on disc. The best 60 designs will be digitalised and mounted under the gel dispensers throughout the hospital.
- Although copyright for the design remains with the creator, by submitting the design Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust is granted unlimited use at no charge to use the design for the promotion of infection control.
Entries should be sent (original or on disc) to ArtCare, Facilities Directorate, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury SP2 8 BJ, marked on the envelope ‘hand hygiene competition’.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 1 March 2010, 12 noon. Selected entries and the winning entrant will be announced on 26 March 2010. For more information please contact Artcare on 01722 336262. Ext: 4517.
Ian Robinson said: "This really is an exciting initiative and I hope that local people, children, schools or organisations take the opportunity to take part. As well as providing creative designs that could feature in many parts of the hospital, it will also help create more awareness of the importance of good hand hygiene while people are in hospital."
For further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170