A Chester grandfather who is returning home from hospital just in time for his 80th birthday has reiterated the importance of getting dressed and moving about on the wards.
Colin Massey, 79, has spent a total of eight weeks in hospital after suffering injuries in a fall at home but this week he finally got the news he’d been waiting for as he was allowed to go home in time to celebrate his 80th birthday in May.
Nurses and therapists at the Countess of Chester Hospital are urging patients to avoid staying in pyjamas and start wearing their own clothes on the wards.
As part of a national ‘End PJ Paralysis’ challenge, staff at the Countess are aiming to contribute to 1 million days of patients being up, dressed and mobile between 17 April and 26 June.
Stoma nurse specialists from the Countess of Chester Hospital are holding a free Stoma Care Open Day at Upton by Chester Golf Club on Wednesday 25 April.
The event, which is running from 1-5pm, gives people with stomas and their families a chance to meet others as well as view demonstrations and find out about products and aides that could help them.
Every Easter staff at the hospital are left stunned by the generosity of our local community as hundreds of chocolate Eggs arrive for patients stuck in hospital over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Most of them are handed directly to the Children’s Ward, but eggs donated via the Countess Charity have also gone out to other areas of the hospital.
Deputy ward managers Clare Shaw and David Wilson-Jones are both immensely proud after their Jubilee Nursing Team was named the first ‘Countess Gem of the month’.
As a group they put in a tremendous effort during heightened escalation for the intense winter pressures experienced at the hospital, re-fitting and staffing recovery areas with extra beds to provide additional capacity.
A new appointment reminder service is now operating at the Countess of Chester Hospital, giving patients seven days advanced warning prior to their appointments.
Everyone attending clinics will receive a text reminder to a mobile or an automated call to their landline a week before they are due to come to hospital.
Chester war veteran Deryck, 92, has been regaling staff and patients at the Countess of Chester Hospital with stories from his experiences in the D-Day landings.
Deryck served with the Irish Guards Armoured Division and received the Legion of Honour award three years ago as part of celebrations to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the campaign in Normandy.
A new quiet room has opened in the Spiritual Care Centre, providing a closed off area with increased privacy for patients, staff and visitors.
The room, which has been funded by money donated from the annual Trees of Life ceremony, has been designed for anyone in the hospital who needs a quiet space to reflect, seek advice or simply escape the hustle and bustle and have a cup of tea.