Each year the treatment centre on Lindrick Way selects a different theme to focus its event around. This year, hand-washing was chosen and local schools were invited to design a poster highlighting the importance of regularly washing hands in preventing the spread of infections, such as the Norovirus.
Usually called the winter vomiting bug, this virus is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting between 600,000 and 1 million people every year. Regularly washing hands with soap and water can help to stop the virus from spreading.
Around 200 children from the Norbriggs Primary School and the Barlborough Primary School took part in the competition and over 100 colourful entries were submitted to Care UK. Rhian Crotty from the Norbriggs Primary School won first prize and she was presented with a £25 gift voucher and a goody bag.
The four runners up, two of which are from the Barlborough Primary School, received a £10 gift voucher and a goody bag. Both schools were also given WH Smith vouchers and everybody who submitted a poster received a certificate for their hard work.
Kogie Naidoo, General Manager at the Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre, said: “Reducing the risk of infection is extremely important in any clinical environment. During National Infection, Prevention and Control Week we displayed a selection of the posters in our reception and many of our patients commented on how hard the children must have worked when designing them. I am delighted that together we helped to raise awareness of how effective simply washing our hands is in maintaining a hygienic environment.”
The Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre provides high quality orthopaedic specialist care for people in South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. For more information, visit www.barlboroughtreatmentcentre.nhs.uk or call 0333 200 4066.