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Playing cards used to describe emotional care needs


Five acute trusts in the north west have been piloting the use of giant playing cards to help older patients describe their emotional care needs, which can then be factored into care plans.

The Vital Signs Care Cards contain different statements on needs – for example to feel treated with respect – and patients are asked to pick which apply to them.

University Hospital Aintree matron Colin Hont (pictured) said: “Patients and families have so far responded really well to the cards, which give those who so often feel they don’t have a voice, the chance to make their feelings heard.”


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  • This sounds a great initiative and well done to everyone involved - it would have been useful to include where we can purchase them from though.

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  • This sounds a great initiative and well done to everyone involved - Can we see some examples please?

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