School nurses helping students to show a clean pair of hands

Schools nurses have been showing pupils how to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus by washing their hands properly.

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust teamed up with Telford & Wrekin Council to offer free lessons on handwashing for pupils across the borough.

Each session was tailored for different age groups, with a focus on the practical handwashing for younger pupils.

Children were shown how to wash their hands thoroughly and encouraged to practice their technique with a special lotion that shows how germs can remain on hands.

Children then presented their hands under a special UV light, so they were able to see which parts of their hands they missed, even after using soap and water.

After looking at their hands, pupils reviewed how to practice better hand washing, such as singing “Happy Birthday” twice while scrubbing, washing hands before eating and after going to the bathroom and not forgetting to wash fingernails by rubbing them against their palms.