A Perthshire woman has made bags for NHS staff to wash their scrubs in after work.

School teacher Dorothy Williamson, from Fincastle near Pitlochry, heard how her sister-in-law, who works as an occupational therapist, needed to wash her work clothes at home after her shift.

Dorothy had not been aware until then that NHS staff are responsible for their own laundry.

After finishing a shift, they need to change out of their scrubs, place them in a carrier bag, take them home and get them into the washing machine – all without risking coronavirus transfer from the fabric.

“I heard many medical workers put their dirty clothing in a pillowcase as this can go into the washing machine, keeping the scrubs separate throughout the process,” explained Dorothy.

She added: “I decided to help my sister-in-law by making her a special bag with an added drawstring so the laundry wouldn’t come out of the bag in the wash.”

She ran up the first one using a shirt belonging to her husband, Councillor Mike Williamson.

Dorothy’s gift was a hit when her sister-in-law took it to work and she was asked if she could make another four for NHS staff.

Fearing Mike would not like it if all his shirts became laundry bags, Dorothy switched to using old duvet covers.

She’s now finished over 10 cotton washing sacks.

She said: “I’d be happy if others followed my lead and started making the bags for NHS workers. I’m on school holiday now, but I will have less time for sewing after the children at Blair Atholl Primary start the new term at home.

“NHS staff are doing an amazing job, it would be great if others create more.

“I was pleased I could make a small difference to a few people’s already very difficult day.”