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Nursing staff at specialist hospital swap uniforms for pyjamas to support campaign


Nursing staff at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital donned their pyjamas to work earlier this month to help encourage patients to get up, get dressed and keep moving.

Nurses, healthcare assistants and other staff at the Oswestry-based orthopaedics hospital wore their pyjamas to work on 25 May to raise awareness of the national #EndPJparalysis campaign.

“We wanted to highlight the campaign and our involvement in a fun and eye-catching way”

Bev Tabernacle

As previously reported, the idea behind the campaign is to support patients to get up, dressed and moving to prevent deconditioning while in hospital.

The campaign was originally started in 2016 by Professor Brian Dolan but has now spread across the UK and internationally.

It has been backed by a number of national nursing leaders, including Professor Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England and chief nursing officer for Wales Professor Jean White.

Last month, Professor Cummings helped launch a national drive in England that encourages health service organisations to adopt the themes behind #EndPJparalysis.

The #EndPJParalysis 70-day challenge aims to achieve one million patient days of relevant patients being dressed in day clothes and moving around, over a 70-day period.

The challenge is set to run from 17 April to 26 June, in order to finish in time for the NHS 70th anniversary celebrations on 5 July.

Rachael Flood, Baschurch Day Unit manager at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said staff wearing their pyjamas to work had “prompted conversations about End PJ Paralysis with our patients and raised the campaign’s profile”.

“Once a patient returns to the unit after their operation, they get dressed straight away but our message was also to those patients destined for the inpatient wards, explaining how getting dressed and out of bed can help prevent loss of strength and reduced mobility,” she said.

“This campaign is very important and I’m proud that we are able to work with our patients and support them in being independent when they return home,” she added.

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Nursing staff swap uniforms for pyjamas to support campaign

Matrons Sara Ellis-Anderson, Leighann Sharp and Mandy Bride wearing their matching superhero pyjamas with trust director of nursing and deputy chief executive Bev Tabernacle

Bev Tabernacle, the trust’s director of nursing and deputy chief executive, said: “We wanted to highlight the campaign and our involvement in a fun and eye-catching way.

“This initiative also gives us the opportunity to showcase some of the fantastic work we do around enhanced recovery,” she said.

“We discharge many of our patients following replacement surgery on day one following their surgery and have also reviewed many of our pathways to ensure we get the best outcomes for our patients,” she added.

The specialist orthopaedic hospital serves the local population in Shropshire, North and Mid Wales, Cheshire and the West Midlands, with a patient catchment extending nationally.

It provides elective orthopaedic surgery and musculo-skeletal services, as well as particular areas of expertise including spinal injuries, bone tumour and disorders affecting muscular development.


Readers' comments (2)

  • That is pathetic from those who like to be regarded as ' professional'. Whatever next?

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  • Totally pathetic. Is there any wonder we were misled about the pay rise.

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