Children’s Global Handwashing Day celebrations

Children from the Conquest's nursery
Children from the Conquest's nursery

Children in the on-site nurseries at Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH were among more than 200 million people across the world to celebrate Global Handwashing Day.

The aim of the day, held on October 15 each year, is to encourage people, particularly children, to wash their hands with soap.

To get the message across, children in the two hospital nurseries took part in a number of activities themed around handwashing, using UV lotion to replicate bug transmission, practical handwashing practice and participation in scenarios and story telling. Great fun was had by all, with all the children being given a certificate and badge as well as encouragement to share the information with family and friends.

Susanna Marsden, infection control nurse for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Handwashing is a simple behaviour that has a huge impact. The sooner children get into the habit of washing their hands regularly the better, as research shows that handwashing behaviour tends to stick once individuals and families have adopted the practice.”