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A trust on Teesside has introduced what it believes is a unique method of communicating social distancing measures to its staff, in a bid to ensure they continue to “stick to some simple rules” to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have produced a series of posters featuring images of face masks, hospital beds and crash trolleys to help staff visualise how far apart they should stay apart during the pandemic.
“Using some instantly recognisable everyday objects should hopefully attract staff attention”
As lockdown measures begin to be “relaxed” nationally, the trust hopes its new campaign will once more “energise” the importance of continuing to socially distance two metres apart where possible.
Chief nurse and director of patient safety and quality, Julie Lane, said: “With some of the restrictions enforced by the lockdown now being relaxed, we wanted to once more energise the need to stick to some simple rules to stop the spread.
“For our staff, it isn’t always possible to socially distance in clinical settings, but we do have to ensure that their safety, and that of our patients is always of paramount importance.”
The posters include images of visors, face masks, stethoscopes, hospital beds and crash trolleys.
“[Personal protective equipment] PPE has become a way of life for colleagues on the front line, more than at any time before,” said Ms Lane.
“Using some instantly recognisable everyday objects should hopefully attract staff attention.”
Ms Lane stressed the need for adhering to the 2m rule at all times for staff at the trust, adding “even out of clinical situations, we are making every effort to ensure our hospitals and our workspaces are configured for social distancing”.
“Our staff have responded brilliantly so far, we are so very proud – we just need to keep going, to keep pushing on,” she said.
Previously, the trust had also delivered the social distancing measures message at a local level in the region by using food imagery.