Matrons at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust are to extend their working hours from today, meaning they will be present from 7am to 8pm, every weekday.
The new scheme, launched as part of the trust’s plan to prepare for the winter period, will see the matrons extending their shifts during weekday evenings.
As a result, a matron will be on duty until 8pm rather than finishing at around 5pm as was the case previously.
Trust director of nursing Pippa Hart said: “Having a matron on shift until 8pm at night will really help support the care we provide to patients during this time, and will provide senior, visible nursing leadership to our patients, relatives and staff into the evening.
“As are most hospitals across the country, our A&E departments and inpatient wards are becoming busier as winter approaches. Now is the perfect time to launch the changes to our matrons’ working hours, and we are confident that it will have very real benefits for the patients we serve.”
Matron Pippa King said the change was supported by matrons and had received a “really positive response” from the nurses and healthcare assistants on the wards.
“We’re delighted to be able to offer our services for a little bit longer each day, and are sure that our patients and their loved ones will benefit from our extended presence out on the wards,” she said.
A trust spokeswoman confirmed matrons would not be present at weekends, with senior nursing support provided by clinical site managers, who are present on a 24 hour basis.
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