Pre-Covid, Southmead Hospital was already gearing up for increased infection prevention with new infographics. Now, with infection prevention the key to stopping the spread of Covid-19, the signage became more important than ever.
CAREFULLY DESIGNED NOTICES TO REDUCE INFECTION
Following advice from the Quality Care Commission, North Bristol NHS Trust wanted more rigorous staff notices for their theatres. The signage reminds staff what they need to wear in different areas. But it’s not just about the appropriate clothing: regulations refer to a range of other aspects of appearance from jewellery, hair, to cleanliness of hands and shoes, to length of fingernails.
It’s essential that staff are dressed for the part to reduce infection risk. They need a detailed message that will be fast to absorb and impactful in this busy part of the hospital. Theatre signage has to communicate a lot of detailed information.
Added to this design challenge, the colour palette is restricted. Each area uses a single colour to denote the zone and a change in requirements.
Feedback tells us that everyone is very happy with the posters, they are an eye-catching, clear, quick reminder of the regulations.
And, excitingly, Adrian got to wear scrubs!
who we worked with
Michael Whitmore, Programme Manager
Harriet Livesey, Deputy Divisional Operations Director, Anaesthesia, Surgical, Critical Care and Renal Division
North Bristol NHS Trust