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Hand Hygiene is one of the most effective actions to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Conducting hand hygiene at the right time, using the right technique, with either Alcohol-Based Hand Rub (ABHR) or soap, water and disposable towels is critical.

All healthcare staff should follow the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual to prevent spreading infection to those in the healthcare setting.

Members of the public can help prevent infections when visiting healthcare settings by following the advice in our Healthcare Associated Infection: Information for the public leaflet.

Further information about the global campaign led by the World health Organisation can be found on the WHO website.

Useful Resources

Contact Information

Contact Name: Stefan Morton, LHBC, Infection Prevention and Control


5 Moments for Hand Hygiene

Our poster and video will demonstrate the 5 moments of hand hygiene. View poster (PDF)

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) staff collaborated to produce an informational video regarding 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene. This was developed to highlight the common failures that medical staff incur, as reported in audits of compliance. The video also highlights various anecdotal responses when challenged, given by existing medical staff members within NHSGGC. It features an introduction and closing statement by David Stewart, Lead Director for Acute Medical Services.

Staff involved in making this video were recruited from the North East IPC Team and Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI). Recording and post-production was carried out by GRI Medical Illustrations.

6 Steps for Hand Hygiene
Evidence Base, Medical Staff Information, Zero Tolerance and Frequently Asked Questions
Hand Hygiene Videos

Please click on the links below to download the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Hand Hygiene Videos

Top Tips for Preventing Infection, Useful Links and Hand Hygiene Education

Infection Control training modules, including those offered by NES, can be accessed via learnPro.