Rolvenden pupils get a grip on germs

Pupils at Rolvenden Primary School were warned about the dangers of dirty hands by staff at Benenden Hospital as part of Infection Prevention Week (October 13-19).

A fun session on “horrid hands” involved youngsters having GloGerm squeezed into their hands and highlighted by a UV torch.

Benenden Hospital Infection Control Lead Heather Coles and pharmacist Lesley Grice also used a “Snot Gun” to demonstrate how far germs can spread.

A spray bottle filled with green water was used to simulate a person sneezing and the Year 2-6 pupils had to mark on a runway of white paper how far “germs” could reach.

Benenden Hospital’s schools hand hygiene initiative is part of a Government drive to teach children about the dangers of antibiotic resistance.

Heather said: “Without effective antibiotics, even minor surgery and routine operations could become high risk procedures if serious infections can’t be treated.

“The younger generation are the group who may be affected in the future if there are no effective antibiotics left to treat even simple infections.”

Benenden Hospital has an infection-free record with zero cases of MRSA and will be rolling out its hands hygiene initiative at other local primary schools.

Published on 16 October 2019