Health talk at Birmingham hospital to help prevent bugs

Published/updated: 10/10/17 15:48

Gill Abbott

A Lead Infection Prevention and Control nurse is set to host a talk later this month on infection control and how to keep healthy during winter.

The talk will be hosted by nurse Gill Abbott at Heartlands Hospital and will cover all aspects of infection prevention and control, from the work done by our teams to protect our patients here in hospital, to the simple actions that can be taken to prevent germs spreading and how to ward off viruses.

As we head into flu season, Gill will also be talking through the benefits of having a flu vaccine and how this can help keep you well this winter.

The flu is a common infectious viral illness that is spread through coughing and sneezing. Whilst most people make a full recovery from flu, elderly people and those with certain long term medical conditions are more likely to develop serious complications.

Every 60 seconds a working adult touches as many as 30 objects which may be contaminated by bacteria or viruses causing infectious disease.

Patients and visitors will also have the chance to quiz Gill about how they can prevent spreading germs or infecting loved ones.

The seminar will be taking place on 17 October from 5pm in the Education Centre at Heartlands Hospital and is one of a series planned for the year as part of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust’s membership programme.
To book your place on the seminar please contact Sandra White, membership and engagement manager at the Trust, on 0121 424 1218 or email

The Trust runs 10 health seminars a year to help raise awareness of a range of health conditions, as well as providing information about the treatment and support that is available.

Visit to find out more about upcoming seminars and about becoming a member of the Trust.

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