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Patient ID boards rolled out at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Sally Young, Quality Matron at UHMBNew patient ID boards are being rolled out across University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust as a result of feedback Healthwatch Lancashire received from patients and relatives.

In the latest issue of the Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Briefing from the Chief Nurse of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, Sue Smith, she said:

“I am delighted to announce that Sally Young is our new Quality Assurance Matron. Well done Sally and welcome to the Corporate Nursing team! Sally has already been involved in some great pieces of work which will make a real difference to patient care. This week sees the roll-out of our Trust-wide patient ID boards. Following recommendations from the Frances Report and feedback from the Healthwatch Lancashire a need for high quality patient information at the bedside, was a key priority to improve our patient’s experience and enable all our patients to have the same standard of information to support their stay at any of our hospitals. The panels are wipe clean with a set of magnets which reflects aspects of the care being given to a patient. The magnets include nationally recognised icons which indicate if the patient has special needs e.g. a hearing impairment and others icons used on our patient electronic whiteboards e.g. – maple leaf for end of life care or alert icon which is a prompt to staff that the patient has a hazard tag on their record e.g. – infection control risk.”

The feedback was a result of Healthwatch Lancashire’s Patient Journey Project at Royal Lancaster Infirmary which followed five patients’ experiences across six consecutive days. Click here to read the report.

Nursing Midwifery and AHP Newsletter JUNE issue

Pictured above: Sally Young, Quality Matron at patient Fred’s bedside