New screens boost patient privacy
Patients at West Suffolk Hospital are benefitting from greater privacy and dignity in more attractive surroundings thanks to two specially-decorated screens purchased with charity cash.
The large screens feature a beach scene on one side and countryside on the other, and have been purchased with £3,000 donated to the hospital’s My WiSH charity.
They are being used by staff in the critical care unit to enhance privacy and dignity for patients and to create an extra barrier to remind staff to wash their hands when patients with an infection have been isolated.
The screens were purchased after a children’s version was successfully used to create more space and a separate treatment area for young patients being stabilised at West Suffolk before transfer to a specialist paediatric intensive care unit.
Irene Serrant, clinical service manager in the critical care unit, said: “We are really pleased with these new screens, which we are using alongside our existing curtains to further improve privacy and dignity for our patients.
“We chose to decorate them with beach and countryside scenes as we felt they reflected the Suffolk area. They have been really well received by patients, who enjoy having something attractive to look at while they are recovering.
“We are very grateful to the My WiSH charity for so generously funding these simple but effective pieces of equipment.”