Nurses at north Cumbria’s two hospitals have introduced a new scheme on their wards to try and protect the privacy and dignity of all patients.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust launched “red dignity pegs” on 1 February, to coincide with Dignity Action Day.
The pegs will be used in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
They are intended to maintain privacy and dignity by ensuring curtains and screens are closed properly with the use of a red peg. “Care in progress” signs will also be connected to the pegs.
The red pegs will be stored at bedsides and will be cleaned after every use.
Gill Long, the trust’s Productive Ward co-ordinator, said: “We hope that the introduction of the red dignity pegs will not only ensure the curtains are closed properly, but make staff stop and think about patients dignity before they go through a closed curtain.”