Over £1500 has been raised by Emergency Department staff from The Countess of Chester for a children’s cancer charity in memory of a colleague who died earlier this month.
Pamela Blaylock, a Nursing Assistant, passed away peacefully on 5 June, aged 49 after a short battle with cancer.
Dr Josh Deb-Barman, Specialty Doctor and Rota Co-ordinator for Care of the Elderly and Stroke Medicine, is the latest Countess Gem of the month winner.
Josh, who was nominated by 12 colleagues, is the latest winner of the staff recognition scheme which encourages employees from all areas to nominate anyone they believe deserves special praise.
The Countess of Chester Hospital is moving away from paper-based notes by updating its electronic patient record (EPR) system as part of its commitment to providing safe, kind and effective care in the digital era.
The Countess has agreed a 15-year deal with healthcare IT providers Cerner for the new EPR system, having been named as a Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) ‘Fast Follower’ of Wirral University Teaching Hospital, who have been using Cerner since 2010.
Nurses and therapists at the Countess are backing a national campaign to ‘End PJ Paralysis’, encouraging patients in hospital to get dressed and start moving whenever possible.
The initiative has been created to change the culture of patients automatically spending long periods in their hospital beds in pyjamas when there is no medical reason to.
Patients undergoing planned procedures at the Countess of Chester Hospital will now receive reminder messages 10 days before their appointments.
Text reminders to mobiles or an automated call to landlines will give patients the chance to either cancel/rebook if circumstances have changed, or confirm if they are still planning to attend.
Midwives at the Countess of Chester Hospital enjoyed a special delivery of their own over the weekend as The Ice Cream Farm donated delicious frozen treats for them to enjoy on International Day of the Midwife 2018.
Midwife Amy Oppermann contacted the family-run confectionary to see if they were interested in supporting the maternity unit, but she was amazed by the response as they offered to give more than 30 free tubs of ice cream to be shared between staff.
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.