KING’S LYNN: QEH managers launch new Dignity Action drive
Staff and patients at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital have been asked for their views on how to maintain patients’ dignity during their stay.
The hospital held a day of action to mark Dignity Action Day, where ideas were discussed.
Staff organised a coffee morning, tea party, displays and feedback sessions to find out from carers, patients, visitors and workers themselves how the hospital could better preserve the dignity of patients.
Nurses and doctors were also invited to post messages on a dignity tree to explain what the concept meant to them.
And officials say that they have already acted on a number of concerns raised by patients.
A spokesman said: “The hospital has introduced several changes following the feedback received from patients.
“Many patients did not like the old gowns which gaped at the back, so we now have wrap-around gowns that tie at the side.”
Under new procedures introduced at the hospital, patients will now no longer be moved between wards after 11pm, except when into an assessment area.
There are also new curtains that display do-not-disturb signs and all staff must ask for a patient’s permission before going behind the curtains.
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