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Meet Leicestershire’s Health Detectives

Winter is here and we can't get away from the cold weather and the bugs that come with it. Germs can be passed around easily at winter so it is important to know how look after yourself!

We invited ‘Leicestershire’s Health Detectives’ to come into our hospital and investigate some of the ways people can help look after themselves this winter.

Investigation 1: Washing your hands

Two of the Health Detectives came into Leicester Royal Infirmary and visited our Consultant Microbiologist to find out more about why it is important and the best way to wash your hands.

The health detectives:  

Taylah - Health Detective

Job: Health Detective

Name: Taylah

Age: 7 years 

Job: Health Detective

Name: Max

Age: 8 years

Max - Health Detective

Watch them in action and meeting Consultant Microbiologist - David Jenkins.


How to wash your hands 

  • Remove jewellery  
  • Wet hands under running water  
  • Apply soap and rub together, covering all surfaces of both hands for at least 15 seconds, making sure that all areas of both hands come into contact with the soap. Rinse of all the soap and dry well patting the skin rather than rubbing


Remember to always wash your hands, especially:

  • after visiting the toilet
  • before eating or handling food
  • If your hands are visibly dirty
  • after sneezing or coughing into your hands



Find out more: http://www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk/help-us-help-you/self-care/