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PUBLISHED: 12:14 13 October 2010 | UPDATED: 12:15 13 October 2010

PATIENTS, visitors and clinicians are being given a chance to find how the best way to keep clean at a special hygiene day on Tuesday.

The Infection Control Team from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney is visiting All Hallows Nursing Home in Bungay to show the patients, along with the visitors and staff, how everyone can prevent the spread of infection.

The event is part of International Infection Prevention and Control Week, starting on Monday, which aims to educate on ways to keep safe and free from infections.

Teresa Lewis, infection prevention and control specialist from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: “We like to celebrate the week as part of our efforts to raise awareness across the community of the importance of keeping clean, washing your hands and preventing the spread of infections.

“We’ve chosen to hold the event at All Hallows Nursing Home as a care home is a challenge for infection prevention because it has to be a balance between a home and a clinical area.

“We have also just taken over the contract for infection prevention and control there, which is great – it shows All Hallows’ commitment to high standards.”

The event is open to everyone from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Mrs Lewis added: “We will be discussing hand hygiene and there will be prizes for those who can keep the cleanest.”

Janet Dunning, senior matron from All Hallows Nursing Home, added: “It’s great to be involved in the week and to remind our patients, visitors and staff just how important washing your hands can be and matters relating to infection control.”

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