Healthy Hands

Beardwood Hospital’s ‘Clean Team’ scrub up at Billinge House

From Nursery to Year Two, all children have been literally glowing after becoming expert hand washers thanks to the infection prevention training provided by BMI The Beardwood Hospital.

The Hospitals ”˜Clean Team’, led by Sue Walsh – Infection Control Nurse – came armed with a UV light box and a special hand wash that mimics germs, to show the pupils just how easy it was to spread bacteria amongst themselves.

Over a number of weeks, children have been taught how germs can cause illness, and Sue explained that the simplest and most effective way of getting rid of bacteria and germs is by washing their hands thoroughly with soap, not just water.

The Clean Team demonstrated this by asking the pupils to spread the special germ gel on their hands.  Some children were then told to wash their hands with soap whilst others were asked to wash only with water. Pupils then compared their hands under the UV lights and saw that those that washed without soap had several traces of fake germs left on their hands whilst those that washed with soap had very little.


Sue mentioned: “Our team had a fantastic time teaching the students about hand washing and hygiene.  At our hospital, we take great pride in ensuring that we uphold the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness. So, it’s an honour to share what we learn in hospitals with children in our local communities.”

Mrs Bolton said: “The health and safety of our pupils is top priority for us. Now more than ever we are reminded of the importance of good hygiene in protecting the spread of illnesses especially amongst children, so we are very pleased that The Beardwood Hospital’s Clean Team volunteered their time to providing free training for the children. The pupils really enjoyed the activities, and I am confident that they will continue to practice the good lessons they’ve learned on a daily basis at school and at home.”