Children from Ferndown First School were treated to a ‘Bug Busters’ workshop courtesy of Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital and AFC Bournemouth, where they discovered how to stop the spread of germs. 

The campaign runs across schools throughout Dorset and is a joint partnership programme between Nuffield Health and AFC Bournemouth. In the sessions schoolchildren learn about what makes bacteria potent and how to stop germs and infections, such as the common cold, from spreading.

Chris Tickner, infection prevention lead at Nuffield Health, ran a classroom workshop where pupils from Ferndown First were invited to cover their hands with a special gel before placing them in a UV light box which revealed unclean areas where their hands had not been washed properly. Correct hand-washing techniques were then demonstrated. AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust team also held interactive sessions with the group including a game of ‘tag’ to actively show how easily germs can spread.

Chris Tickner, infection prevention lead at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital, said: “We’re proud to be working with AFC Bournemouth on this initiative for the second year running. The children love getting involved, and by making our workshops so interactive they can really understand how to stop germs from multiplying.”

Danny Thomas, P.E co-ordinator at Ferndown First School, said: “We heard about the Bug Busters campaign and were keen for our children to be educated in the importance of thorough hand-washing and hygiene procedures. The workshop went down so well with everyone that took part and was fun, informal and educational.”

For those schools interested in finding out more about Bug Busters, please contact Steve Cuss at AFC Bournemouth on 01202 726342, or the Nuffield Bournemouth Hospital’s friendly customer services team on 01202 375032.