WORKFORCE: The University Hospitals of Leicester Trust is promoting the use of the WHO surgery checklist to all staff as part of Safer Surgery Week between 24 and 30 September.

The World Health Organization checklist provides a systematic check to make sure everything is in place to ensure a patient’s surgery goes ahead safely.

It covers things such as antibiotics and keeping patients warm, whether the right equipment for the procedure is present and working and they check the patients’ identity, the site and type of procedure so that errors can be avoided.

During Safer Surgery Week the trust will be promoting a number of activities for staff, such as a WHO checklist quiz, infection prevention advice and refresher training, a video where they can spot deliberate errors and information about research.

Consultant anaesthetist Dr Tim Bourne said: “Keeping our patients safe is a top priority for us.  It’s really important that we use every opportunity to remind staff across our organisation the importance of keeping our patients safe when they’re in our operating theatres.

“We are never complacent about patient safety and always seek to provide the highest-quality care and strive for improvements wherever possible.”

The trust will be running activities at all three of its hospitals throughout the week.