Ben helps spread hygiene message

Dr Bryan Marshall and modern matron Judith Garnett with schools' winner Ben Rutherford.
Dr Bryan Marshall and modern matron Judith Garnett with schools' winner Ben Rutherford.
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YOUNGSTERS have been helping spread the message about good 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 more often.

Children attending North Tyneside General Hospital were also invited to take part.

The winning entry by a pupil was Ben Rutherford, of St Mary’s RC Primary School in Cullercoats, and Victoria Boutflour, of Seaton Delaval, was the North Shields hospital’s 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.”

Copies of the youngsters’ winning posters will be produced and distributed for display to all primary and middle schools in Northumberland and North Tyneside.