WATCH: Nurses turn pop stars to tackle health issue

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A GROUP of nurses turned into pop stars to raise awareness of preventing ulcers.

The district nurses at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust came up with a catchy song to help raise awareness of how pressure ulcers can be avoided.

The district nurses from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust in the video

The district nurses from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust in the video

The community healthcare staff wrote and performed their own version of boyband 5ive’s Keep On Moving to encourage people to keep active to stop the sores forming.

The girls performed the song to mark international Stop Pressure Ulcer Day on November 20.

In the last week the video, which sees the team dancing, has already reached more than 30,000 people and has been shared nearly 300 times on the trust’s Facebook page.

The song, similar to the one made famous by 5ive’s Abs Breen, J Brown, Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville and Scott Robinson, has lines including: “When the district nurse is calling, we’re gonna keep on keep on calling, to get you back on your feet.

“You’re not on your own, we’ll help you in your home, pressure sores are easy to beat.”

It then has the chorus: “Get on up, move around, give yourself a shake around.

“We know it’s not good to sit all day keep on moving is what I say.”

Senior clinical matron for adults at the trust, Shirley Ann Osbaldeston said: “We wanted to create a song which was catchy, fun and easy for people to remember.

“Pressure ulcers are caused by sustained pressure being placed on a particular part of the body which affects the blood supply to that area.

“The key to stopping these from developing is to move around.

“We have been really pleased by how popular the video has been.

“It has had exactly the effect we wanted it to have. I am really proud of all of the staff who took part and the enthusiasm everyone showed. I work with an amazing group of people.”

Making regular and frequent changes to your position is one of the most effective ways of preventing pressure ulcers.

If a pressure ulcer has already developed, regularly changing position will help to avoid putting further pressure on it, and give the wound the best chance of healing.

People who are confined to bed will need to change their position at least once every two hours.

Having a healthy balanced diet and not smoking are help prevent pressure sores.

To find out more about Stop Pressure Ulcer Day visit http://www.epuap.org/ and for information about pressure sores visit www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pressure-ulcers/Pages/Prevention.aspx