Blink and you’ll miss it – but here’s the Grim Reaper caught on camera at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Sort of.
It’s a screengrab from the video below, which was recorded by staff at the hospital to try and encourage people to wash their hands more frequently when in hospital. I might be being sniffy (and not just because I have a cold) here, but I never quite understand why hospitals have to keep reminding their staff about washing their hands. Newsrooms don’t have signs (or videos) saying ‘reporter, pick up your pen,’ do they?
I spotted the video on Granada Reports, which carried the headline ‘bug video goes viral’ on its website. At time of writing, it had been viewed on Youtube 87 times – proof that the old addage ‘never let the facts get in the way of a good headline’ isn’t just confined to newspapers.
It’s not the first time hospitals have produced music videos to get such points across – Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester did something similar earlier this year, set to YMCA. Really.
It is, however, the first time I’ve seen a hospital-approved Grim Reaper stalking a hospital corridor caught on camera