Campaign to improve sleep for patients piloted following Healthwatch Lancashire feedback
A new ‘Sleep Well’ campaign is being piloted on Ward 39 at Royal Lancaster Infirmary to help patients to get a good night’s sleep following feedback Healthwatch Lancashire gathered from patients and relatives.
In the latest issue of the Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Briefing from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust Sue Smith, Chief Nurse, said:
“Busy hospital wards are not conducive to a good night’s sleep. Recent feedback from patients has demonstrated that reducing noise and light may help some patients to sleep well. Similar feedback was received by a Healthwatch Lancashire review on Ward 39 at the RLI. As a result of this feedback, the nursing team has worked with the procurement team to source airline-type eye masks and ear plugs as part of a Trust-wide Sleep Well campaign. This has been piloted on ward 39. The kits are now available through top-up stores and are in use across our wards. Feedback has been extremely positive, especially in the Intensive Care Units.”
The campaign is the result of Healthwatch Lancashire’s Patient Journey Project which followed five patients’ experiences across six consecutive days in February 2015. Click here to read the report.