The Med Shed

Laundry Assistant

THE WORKING DAY

You work in the laundry at Hull Royal Infirmary and your shift today starts at 2pm.

You collect used linen from the wards and carry it back to the laundry to sort into batches. You place staff uniforms and bed linen in separate machines then use the laundry computer to select the right wash programmes.

Next, you wash the ‘infection control’ linen, 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.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re hardworking and like to be physically active. You like following rules and guidelines, don’t mind working unusual hours and like being part of a team.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Although you don’t need GCSEs (or the equivalent) to work as a laundry assistant, gaining passes in maths and English helps demonstrate basic numeracy and literacy.

You don’t need A-Levels (or the equivalent) for this role as on the job training is given.