An acute hospital trust in Sussex is introducing a new way of trying to help patients identify the different types of staff that work there
Staff at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust are now wearing different colour lanyards around their neck.
Matrons, sisters, staff Nurses, consultants, doctors, porters, housekeepers and ward clerks all have their own colour, with their role clearly stated on the lanyard.
Trust director of nursing Alice Webster said the coloured lanyards were being introduced following patient feedback.
“The majority of ward staff do wear a uniform but these coloured lanyards with job roles clearly visible because of the colour and are another way to help both patients and visitors distinguish different types of staff,” she said.
“We have found they are particularly useful in areas like A&E and intensive care where most staff tend to look the same because they are all wearing blue hospital scrubs.”
She added: “This is a simple idea and the feedback from patients has been very positive.
“We believe we are one of the first trusts in the county to adopt this additional method of staff recognition, across the whole of the trust,” Ms Webster said.
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