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Bereavement Survival Kits - York & Scarborough hospitals (Inspire Project)
The Bereavement Services team support up to 250 bereaved families a month within York & Scarborough hospital, offering support to those who need it at a difficult time of loss.
The simple idea of offering a tangible memento for people to link with at home came at a minimal cost but acts as a reminder that the care and thoughts extend beyond the boundaries of the hospitals.
Bereavement Officer, Trish Bell said "The funding has enabled us to offer these kits to help people interpret their own values, beliefs and needs, potentially making all the difference in someone's life."
The survival kit is made available for families to choose and focuses on 7 days to represent each day of the week; containing 7 small trinkets that are linked to a short quote written on card.
Trish said "the kit would help to support people's mental health when they are at their lowest with a gentle, warm approach to show that we care."
Respiratory Bags, Scarborough Hospital
The Respiratory team provide care to many patients within the hospital and these patients can often be on different wards across the site, meaning that there is a lot of movement for the team. Many of their patients require minor procedures that can be done at the bedside and this comes with the need for the equipment to carry out the procedure.
Respiratory Clinical Teaching Fellow, Ru Rupesinghe realised she was spending a lot of time on the wards gathering all the equipment she needed to carry out the procedure and felt that this wasn't the best use of her time. So she applied for funding for a carry case which could hold all of the equipment she needed and could be easily carried around with her.
She said "It’s a simple enough item that has made a huge difference to my time. I can now treat patients more effectively and my time is used more efficiently."
British Association of Skin Cancer Nurse Specialists Conference
Skin Cancer Specialist Nurses, Helen Pape and Emily Shephard attended the annual British Association of Skin Cancer Nurse Specialists Conference in Birmingham.
Emily said "This was a perfect opportunity to network with other NHS Trust's and share best practices so we can constantly improve patient experience."
Helen said the funding from York Teaching Hospital Charity had enabled her to liaise with reps and on-site consultants about the potential future of a nurse-led service. Emily advised that this would enable patients to have longer appointments, with specialist nurses leading the service from diagnosis to follow up and education following treatment. "The conference was great and I am excited about the next steps we are trying to implement across the Trust to become a more nurse-led service."
PhD Research in Patient Safety
Clinical Fellow in Patient Safety, William Lea is being given the opportunity to gain more advanced qualifications through PhD research.
William’s research focuses on looking at how our hospitals can find new ways to make healthcare even safer. William says “I am involved in patient safety and quality improvement work at the Trust, and I hope that my research will directly support us to be safer and provide the best quality of care we can.”
Radiology Duty Room at York Hospital
The Radiology Duty room has been fully refurbished thanks to your donations.
The room is a place for the on-duty radiologist to discuss results, give advice and quickly answer questions from GPs, Doctors and Radiographers from across the Trust. The department are overjoyed with the refurbished room, which means patients will be diagnosed and treated quicker.
Oxygen Wristbands on Ward 34, York Hospital
Ward 34 at York Hospital were able to apply to charitable funds for Oxygen Wristbands for their patients. The colour coded bands help staff to identify the patients’ target saturation range; ensuring the correct level of Oxygen is prescribed.
The wristbands are a simple and effective method to ensure patient safety, acting as an immediate visual prompt for staff. The staff on the ward were over the moon when they received them!
Simulation Baby in Emergency Department
To help train multi-disciplinary teams in dealing with procedures on babies. For example; infant airway management, defibrillation, insert of IV lines and blood sampling.
The SimBaby can simulate a baby breathing and crying. It can also be programmed to replicate a serious illness such as Meningitis, allowing for staff to work on a realistic scenario. With realistic anatomy and clinical functionality it is suitable for training of routine care through to emergencies that may be critical.
Infographic in ICU at York Hospital
Consultant Robert Ferguson was able to apply to charitable funds for this infographic.
Robert explained how it helps families understand equipment & procedures in the Critical Care Department as it can be a very frightening and confusing time for them.
New chairs in Scarborough Hospital Fracture Clinic.
We were able to buy comfier, movable chairs for the Fracture Clinic at Scarborough Hospital. The staff are certainly happy with the improvement!
Royal College of Nursing Credentialing for Advanced Level Nursing Practice.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Specialist, Maxine Rawle, was able to gain formal recognition of her level of expertise and skill in her clinical practice, leadership, education and research.
Having successfully been awarded the credential, Maxine is now included on a publicly available database of credentialed nurses and has a badge and certificate to reflect this.
Maxine was the first IBD Nurse in the Country to gain this credential!
Without donations from our supporters, we would not have been able to fund this and we are thrilled that Maxine now has the recognition she deserves and can support and reassure patients from a more knowledgeable background.