Pupils at the trust’s school made a film about MRSA and the need for patients, staff and visitors to wash their hands.
Around eight pupils from the school, which is based at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, interviewed subjects including MP for Hampstead and Highgate Glenda Jackson, who spoke about the Government’s record combating hospital acquired infections.
The budding journalists asked Ms Jackson if the Government could have done more to eradicate infections, and what ordinary people could do. They also interviewed Michael Summers, vice-chairman of the Patients’ Association and Debbie Barry, specialist sister in infection prevention and control.
Ms Jackson said: “The pupils came up with some interesting and informed questions about MRSA, it was obvious they had done research into the subject.”
Pupil Courtney, who helped with the sound boom, said: “Glenda Jackson was approachable and understanding about the questions, and she gave us the information we needed.”
Eugene, who carried out some of the interviews with Cavell, said: “We learnt a lot about filming, how to hold the camera, how to pick up the sound at the right level and where to position ourselves.”
The filming was organised by BBC News and the finished films will be screened on the BBC News Channel’s interactive channel, via the red button, from March 26, and on the website. Go to school report .
Notes for editors
1) For further information contact: Fiona Cordy, communications officer, Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, 020 7317 7590, email@example.com
2) The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust is renowned for its specialist services including liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, renal, AIDS/HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, paediatric gastroenterology, ENT surgery and audiological medicine, amyloidosis and scleroderma. We run a major accident and emergency service, all branches of surgery and medicine, a renal service serving the whole of north London, paediatrics, maternity services, care of elderly people, an adolescent psychiatric service and one of two high security infectious diseases units in the country. We are a leading haematology centre and a major neuroscience base with a network extending throughout north London and into the Home Counties. We have associated internationally recognised research and training programmes. For more information visit www.royalfree.nhs.uk
We are a member of the academic health science partnership UCL Partners. The Royal Free was the only teaching hospital in London to be rated excellent for services and excellent for use of resources in the 2008 Healthcare Commission annual health check.