Laundry assistant

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A day as a laundry assistant

You work in your local NHS hospital, and today you're on the afternoon shift starting at 2pm.

Your first task is to collect used linen from around the hospital, and carry it back to the laundry area where you sort it into batches. You place staff uniforms and bed linen in separate machines, then use the laundry computer to select the right wash programmes for each.

Next, you wash the 'infection control' linen, which has already been placed by nurses in sealed bags that dissolve in the wash. You place these in the washing machine and select the correct programme, ensuring you follow health and hygiene guidelines for dealing with contaminated items. After using steam presses to iron washed bedclothes, you deliver clean sheets back to the wards and finish work at 10pm.