I’m terrified about superbugs

Q I plan to give birth at my local hospital but I’m frightened by the superbug MRSA. How can I check that my hospital’s clean enough to have my baby there?

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Midwife Nikki replies: First, talk to your midwife and go on a hospital tour. One of the main ways this superbug is transmitted is through poor handwashing.

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Hospitals have soap dispensers at sinks and disinfecting dispensers around wards, and many hospitals have taken up the ‘cleanyourhands’ campaign, which encourages staff to wash their hands between patients – and patients to remind staff if they forget!

For further information on the campaign, visit www.npsa.nhs.uk/cleanyourhands.

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Also make sure visitors wash their hands before handling your baby.

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