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Grove Pre-School pupils spreading word on infection
PRE-SCHOOL children and college students have been helping Dorset County Hospital spread the message about infection prevention and control.
The Dorchester hospital has been running events across all wards to mark Infection Prevention and Control Week and had some little helpers on hand.
Youngsters from Grove Pre-School came up with a song to support the fight against bugs and went round the cancer ward and elderly care wards to sing it.
Earlier in the week stewardship students from Weymouth College manned the doors to advise visitors to the hospital about hand hygiene while beauty students offered hand massages to patients and staff.
There was also an artistic contribution from Bincombe Valley Primary School in Weymouth, with pupils creating three dimensional bugs to display around the hospital.
Other activities at the hospital included cake sales and quizzes while governors took a turn manning the doors and chief executive Jean O’Callaghan and director of nursing Alison Tong went on a special walkround of the wards.
Specialist infection control nurse Gloria Moss said: “Every ward and every department has joined in the theme and done some amazing things.
“The children from The Grove Pre-School came in to sing their ‘wishy washy’ songs, they visited the cancer ward and the elderly care department and it was quite breathtaking – there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.
“We do this every year and I like to get the community involved.
“All the staff have really joined in and got everybody on board.”
Gloria praised the college students for their efforts as well as the children from Bincombe Valley and said she was impressed with The Grove Pre-School for how well-behaved on their visit.