Children and their parents have been told about the importance of hand hygiene in hospitals.
Infection control nurses at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are holding educational sessions in children’s centres to remind people of the importance of hand washing to reduce the spread of bugs.
It is part of the trust’s work to raise awareness of hand washing among all members of the community, and follows global hand hygiene day last month.
The first session was held at Ashington Children’s Centre and led by Susan Besbrode, infection prevention and control practitioner at the trust.
Susan said: “Everyone has a role to play in helping to prevent the spread of infection and hand washing is the single most important thing people can do to help stop bugs from spreading.
“We were pleased to have the opportunity to share this message to younger members of the community as people are never too young to start thinking about washing their hands properly.
“By engaging with pre-school-age children and their parents we hope that they will encourage each other to wash their hands and that it becomes standard practice at home and elsewhere.
“We also hope that the message stays with them for the rest of their lives.”
At the sessions, young children and their parents were shown how to wash their hands properly and were given handy tips on how to reduce the spread of bugs.