Improvements at hospital ward

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PATIENTS at Salisbury District Hospital can now enjoy more calm and relaxing surroundings.

Major changes have been made to the layout and decoration on Pitton Ward, a 27-bed medical ward, following changes made to Redlynch Ward earlier in the year. It is part of a programme to make general wards at the hospital more comfortable and stimulating for patients, including people with dementia who are admitted to hospital for other medical reasons.

Fiona Hyett, deputy director of nursing, said: “While we have dedicated wards for our older patients, their prime reason for admission could be anything from a broken limb to another unrelated medical condition which will mean they need to be cared for in general or specialist areas.

“Over the years we’ve introduced a number of groundbreaking initiatives to provide additional support for patients with dementia throughout the hospital.”

The changes include refurbishing the bedrooms, day, dining and reception areas using a range of internal design features to create a calming, homely feel that helps with mood and orientation around the ward. They have also created more areas for social interaction and stimulation away from the bedside.

The aim is to improve other wars over the next few years as part of this programme of change.

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2:55pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Grampie says...

"The aim is to improve other wars over the next few years as part of this programme of change."

Wars????
"The aim is to improve other wars over the next few years as part of this programme of change." Wars???? Grampie
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10:21pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Male 70+ says...

Wars.....! Was how it felt for me Grampie. Not a pleasant experience after a serious op. Being hard of hearing nobody had time/inclination to tell me what was going on. It was dear tea lady who told me I was going home that morning!
Wars.....! Was how it felt for me Grampie. Not a pleasant experience after a serious op. Being hard of hearing nobody had time/inclination to tell me what was going on. It was dear tea lady who told me I was going home that morning! Male 70+
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9:48am Tue 12 Aug 14

Grampie says...

Male 70+ wrote:
Wars.....! Was how it felt for me Grampie. Not a pleasant experience after a serious op. Being hard of hearing nobody had time/inclination to tell me what was going on. It was dear tea lady who told me I was going home that morning!
Sorry to hear that, but they looked after me very well when I was there recently. My father had problems such as yours when he was in hospital and he was hard of hearing.
Another patient in the ward that I was on had difficulty in grasping what they were telling him, because of his age.
[quote][p][bold]Male 70+[/bold] wrote: Wars.....! Was how it felt for me Grampie. Not a pleasant experience after a serious op. Being hard of hearing nobody had time/inclination to tell me what was going on. It was dear tea lady who told me I was going home that morning![/p][/quote]Sorry to hear that, but they looked after me very well when I was there recently. My father had problems such as yours when he was in hospital and he was hard of hearing. Another patient in the ward that I was on had difficulty in grasping what they were telling him, because of his age. Grampie
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10:23pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Male 70+ says...

Suppose we all have our crosses to bear! Hope your OK now, Grampie. Cheers
Suppose we all have our crosses to bear! Hope your OK now, Grampie. Cheers Male 70+
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8:23am Fri 15 Aug 14

gingin says...

Cosmetic changes should only be part of the situation. What is desperately needed is more nursing staff enabling more time with vulnerable patients.

My experience was not great in SDH but it's the system that needs changing > the nursing staff are extremely caring just do not have enough time!
Cosmetic changes should only be part of the situation. What is desperately needed is more nursing staff enabling more time with vulnerable patients. My experience was not great in SDH but it's the system that needs changing > the nursing staff are extremely caring just do not have enough time! gingin
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4:35pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Male 70+ says...

Hi gingin I agree broadly with what you say but I cant help thinking the excuse 'they don't have enough time' wears a bit thin. You make time!, that is your job. The problems/stress of staff should be put back to management not on to the patient.
Hi gingin I agree broadly with what you say but I cant help thinking the excuse 'they don't have enough time' wears a bit thin. You make time!, that is your job. The problems/stress of staff should be put back to management not on to the patient. Male 70+
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8:53pm Sat 16 Aug 14

IanMcL says...

Like all organisations, I have witnessed many hard working nurses running around to het things done and a lot more wandering around 'in neutral' or just chatting in a gang at the desk.

Lack of leadership and proper management comes to mind.

I'll sit back and take the negative ticks now but it the hard working nurses for whom I feel sorry. They deserve better from their 'colleagues' and management,
Like all organisations, I have witnessed many hard working nurses running around to het things done and a lot more wandering around 'in neutral' or just chatting in a gang at the desk. Lack of leadership and proper management comes to mind. I'll sit back and take the negative ticks now but it the hard working nurses for whom I feel sorry. They deserve better from their 'colleagues' and management, IanMcL
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9:42pm Sun 17 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

Spot on Ian. Too many top down schemes have been introduced and no bottom up schemes. The people working next to the patients know what needs to change not people sat in offices. Too many reorganisations of the NHS have drained the resources which should have gone into projects like the modernisation of the wards. Too much money has been wasted on IT systems that failed to deliver, too much money has been wasted on the free Market principle of health care which invariably costs more and delivers less. The tail has wagged the dog for far too long now, time for those who know to take back control of the NHS, the nurses, the doctors, the healthcare support workers and, please bring back Matron!
Spot on Ian. Too many top down schemes have been introduced and no bottom up schemes. The people working next to the patients know what needs to change not people sat in offices. Too many reorganisations of the NHS have drained the resources which should have gone into projects like the modernisation of the wards. Too much money has been wasted on IT systems that failed to deliver, too much money has been wasted on the free Market principle of health care which invariably costs more and delivers less. The tail has wagged the dog for far too long now, time for those who know to take back control of the NHS, the nurses, the doctors, the healthcare support workers and, please bring back Matron! karlmarx
  • Score: 4

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