The nighty shift for hospi­tal staff

IT’S WEAR-PY­JA­MAS-TO-WORK WEEK ON THE WARDS AT HILLINGDON TO MAKE A SE­RI­OUS POINT

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

STAFF at Hillingdon Hospi­tal will be wear­ing their py­ja­mas to work for a week in or­der to high­light the is­sue of “py­jama paral­y­sis”.

The cam­paign is the largest ever ef­fort by the NHS to get el­derly pa­tients dressed into their own clothes and mov­ing around in or­der to boost their re­cov­ery.

All this week un­til Fri­day staff, in­clud­ing the hospi­tal’s ex­ec­u­tive team, will be don­ning their py­ja­mas in recog­ni­tion of the 70-day #EndPJ­paral­y­sis Chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge aims to “save” one mil­lion hospi­tal days for pa­tients over 70, by get­ting them home ear­lier and back to their old rou­tines.

The week-long py­jama party aims to stress to both pa­tients and staff the value of pa­tients be­ing up and about and dressed in their nor­mal clothes.

The cam­paign is backed up by re­search show­ing that el­derly hospi­tal pa­tients lose muscle mass and their mo­bil­ity the longer they spend in bed­wear or hospi­tal gowns.

Stick­ing in PJs can also cause el­derly pa­tients to lose con­fi­dence, having a detri­men­tal im­pact on their in­de­pen­dence.

Staff will be joined by Pro­fes­sor Brian Dolan from the Ox­ford In­sti­tute of Nurs­ing, who was the orig­i­na­tor of the cam­paign and a lead­ing ex­pert in in­no­va­tion and cul­ture change in health­care.

Pro­fes­sor Dolan said: “Pa­tients wear­ing their own clothes in hospi­tal fur­ther en­hances their dig­nity, safety and re­tains their sense of iden­tity and when some­thing works well for pa­tients it works for staff too.

“En­cour­ag­ing pa­tients to get dressed ev­ery day rather than re­main­ing in their py­ja­mas or hospi­tal gown when they do not need to boosts re­cov­ery and makes the most of pre­cious time so it can be bet­ter spent with loved ones.”

Staff at Hillingdon Hospi­tal are wear­ing nightwear to work this week to high­light the prob­lem of ‘py­jama paral­y­sis’

The man­agers of Hillingdon Hospi­tal are also join­ing in with the nightwear chal­lenge

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