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2016 BMJ Awards commendation for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

NHSGGC Paediatrics and Public Health teams received a high commendation in the Prevention Team of the Year category at the British Medical Journal Awards 2016, for their ‘Not for Play, Keep Them Away’ programme. The campaign aims to prevent young children ingesting liquitabs - the brightly coloured capsules of liquid detergent used in washing machines and dishwashers.

Prior to the campaign, Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children admitted nine children in one year alone who had ingested liquitabs - causing potentially fatal airway injuries. Not for Play, Keep Them Away includes information packs delivered to families with infants. So far 16,000 have been distributed per year and admissions for liquitab injuries have fallen to just one a year.