Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is taking part in Patient Safety Week (15 – 21 November 2010) part of the Patient Safety First Campaign to make hospitals safer.
Throughout the week there will be a series of displays in the hospital’s main reception area from teams across the hospital, demonstrating their commitment to patient safety. Displays include:
The Pharmacy Team will be on hand to discuss Medicines Safety, and highlight the benefits to patients of the recently installed pharmacy robot system.
The Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist will show how a significant reduction in hospital acquired pressure ulcers has been achieved over the last three years, and provide leaflets on prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers specially published for patients, visitors and carers.
The Infection Prevention and Control Team will be offering hand hygiene demonstrations, and showcasing our new Dyson Air Multiplier™ fans which have helped improve the comfort of patients and enhanced infection control measures.
Ruth McCarthy, Associate Director of Clinical Governance/Director of Infection Control at GWH said: “At GWH patient safety is our number one priority, and this year we are taking part in Patient Safety Week to raise awareness of the fantastic work being done by our teams across the hospital to improve the safety of care we provide.”
“There will be some great displays from our Falls Avoidance Nurses, Theatres, Health and Safety and others, all demonstrating the various tools, measures and initiatives in place which have improved, and are continuing to improve safety for our patients.”
Ruth continues: “In September as part of the Trust’s work in improving patient safety we introduced patient safety walk rounds which involve senior staff members visiting all clinical areas over the forthcoming year.”
“The walk rounds are a way of ensuring that senior staff are informed first hand of the safety concerns of frontline staff; demonstrating visible commitment from the leadership team by listening to and supporting staff when issues of patient safety are raised. The visits are an opportunity for staff to talk openly about patient safety topics, and ideas for further patient safety improvements.”
“It is by having an open culture like this at GWH that we are able to provide our patients with the best care possible.”