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Sunderland goes orange for World Patient Safety Day  

Thu 17th September 2020

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Three of Sunderland’s best-known landmarks will be lighting up this week to remind residents to stay safe as the Coronavirus pandemic continues.  

Sunderland City Council and NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be illuminating Penshaw Monument, Northern Spire Bridge and Keel Square in orange as part of World Patient Safety Day on Thursday 17 September. 

Councillor Geoffrey Walker, Portfolio Holder for Healthy City at Sunderland City Council, said:
“I am very happy to be celebrating World Patient Safety Day. As we continue our aims in ensuring Sunderland is a healthy city, the safety of all patients is an integral part in achieving this. 

“We would also like to thank NHS staff for their hard work, helping people to survive this illness, and we hope that people in Sunderland will continue to do what they can to stop further spread of the virus to ensure that you stay safe.” 

Ann Fox, Executive Director of Nursing for NHS Sunderland CCG, said:
“It’s never been more important to remind people that we need to look out for each other and we must all ‘do our bit’ to once again bring down the infection rate in Sunderland.”

Gillian Gibson, Director of Public Health at Sunderland City Council, said:
“As more new cases continue to arise, everyone needs to help prevent the spread of the virus. If everyone behaves as though the people that we meet are infected, then they will massively reduce the risk of more people catching Covid-19. Stay two metres apart, keep your face covered, wash your hands and isolate whenever necessary.
 

“Localhealth services urge people to remember to keep washing hands, wear a face covering and stay two meters apart where possible.”  

 

World Patient Safety Day was established in May 2019 by the World Health Organisation to increase public awareness, understanding and to spur action to promote the welfare of patients. This year’s theme is Health Worker Safety, with the slogan, “Safe health workers, safe patients”. After showing respect to key workers through “Clap for Carers” earlier this year, everyone will be given another chance to thank the NHS for the hard work they do. It will also aim to help people understand that to look after patients, we must look after our health workers. 

 This year the event is more important than ever, as the world continues to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of World Patient Safety Day, Sunderland City Council and NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group reminds everyone to continue to do their bit to stop the spread of Coronavirus.   

 Ways to stop the spread includes meeting up with no more than six people, staying two metres apart, covering your face in enclosed spaces and washing your hands more frequently than usual. If you have symptoms, have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, or if you’re awaiting test results you must stay at home. When we’re outside the house it is recommended that we behave as if everyone we meet is infected. 

 Find out more about Covid-19 at here.  

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