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Encouraging good hand hygiene

Friday, 11 July, 2014
Encouraging good hand hygiene

Schoolchildren have been helping to spread the message about good hand hygiene.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust held a competition for Year 5 pupils in Northumberland and North Tyneside to design a poster to encourage people to wash their hands.

Children attending the Trust’s North Tyneside General Hospital were also invited to take part.

The schools’ winner was Ben Rutherford from St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Cullercoats.

Victoria Boutflour, from Seaton Delaval, was the hospital winner.

Dr Bryan Marshall, consultant microbiologist and director of infection prevention and control at the Trust, said: “Everyone has a role to play in good hand hygiene as cleaning your hands thoroughly helps to reduce the risk of infections.

“This competition was a great way for us to engage with younger members of the community and we hope that these children will practise good hand hygiene for the rest of their lives.

“We would like to thank everyone who took part for their hard work and enthusiasm and congratulate the winners for their excellent designs.”

The competition followed a visit to schools from the Trust’s infection control team to inform pupils of the importance of good hand hygiene.

The winning posters will be produced and distributed for display to all primary/middle schools across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Hand washing is the single most important thing people can do to help to reduce the spread of infection. People are encouraged to make regular and thorough hand washing part their daily routine, especially:

• Before eating or handling food

• After using the toilet

• After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing

• After touching animals or animal waste

• After handling rubbish

• After changing a nappy

• Before and after touching an unwell or injured person

• Before and after visiting a hospital ward or healthcare setting (remember alcohol-based hand gel dispensers are also provided)