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Portsmouth children learn how to stay healthy and what to do in an emergency

November 24 2017

Around 30 children from Meon Infants School joined the team at St. Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre to learn about hygiene and keeping well.

The children, from the school in Shelford Road, Milton, practised the correct way to wash their hands, as well as learning about the workings of the human skeleton – using one of the centre’s anatomical models – and saw the special equipment used to take x-ray’s as well as learning what to do in an emergency.

Headteacher Lynda Daish said the children had an entertaining as well as an educational time: “The children loved the skeleton and the tour around the minor injury unit and I think learning what to do in an emergency is a valuable lesson.

“We are very happy to be working with the team at St. Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre on teaching children valuable, life-long lessons in an enjoyable way. One of the reasons we do this is to show the children what happens if you need to attend the centre to hopefully alleviate their fears should they ever need to attend. This was active learning at its best.”

Penny Daniels, the centre’s hospital director, said: “The team thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children. Excellent hygiene is the cornerstone of good health as it helps to prevent food poisoning and the spread of germs and disease. Learning about it at an early age will set the children on the right path to good health.”

Penny added that the children particularly enjoyed using the Glow Box that reveals just what dirt is left after you have washed your hands: “At the centre we are fanatical about good hygiene and, as a result, we have never had a case of hospital-acquired MRSA or C.difficile. We very much enjoyed having the children at the centre and sharing our passion for bug busting.”

Another group from the school will be attending the centre on Friday 1 December to meet the team and learn the same important lessons on health and hygiene.