You’ve gotta hand it to Mopheads!

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A TEAM of Scarborough Hospital domestic staff have scooped first prize in a songwriting contest dubbed “The Wash Factor”.

The group, called Maggie and the Mopheads, are otherwise known as domestic supervisor Maggie Oxley and domestic assistants Janet Lockey, Julie Tayne and Shirley Major.

The Wash Factor competition, which was launched during International Infection Prevention and Control week, aimed to encourage wards and departments to come up with a song or dance to highlight the importance of good hand hygiene.

Maggie and the Mopheads won with their rendition of ‘Three Steps to Hand Hygiene’ which was sung to Eddie Cochran’s 1960s single ‘Three Steps to Heaven’.

The competition was the idea of Donna Winter, Infection Control Nurse, who was inspired to do something creative in order to really push this message, yet in fun way.

She explained: “Hands are the most common vehicle to transmit healthcare associated infection and it is the role of every single member of staff to ensure that we take hand hygiene seriously.”

To view the winning video of Maggie and the Mopheads click on the link above right.

Three steps to Hand Hygiene

Now there are three steps to hand washing

Just listen and you will plainly see

That as germs travel on and

C.diff is one

Just follow steps one, two and three

Step One – You wet your hands

Step Two – You soap and wash them gently

Step Three – You rinse and pat them dry

That sure seems like hand hygiene to me

The formula for hand hygiene is very simple

Just follow the rules and you will see

That as germs travel on and

C.diff is one

Just follow steps one, two and three

Step One – You wet your hands

Step Two – You soap and wash them gently

Step Three – You rinse and pat them dry