Yeovil Hospital is taking part in the national 70 day #endPJparalysis challenge, which aims to give patients back one million days of their precious time that would otherwise be spent in a hospital bed.

Each day the hospital will help patients who can to get up and dressed, ditching the hospital gowns and PJs for everyday clothes to help them get back on their feet and stay active during their time in hospital.

Working with patients’ relatives and friends, the hospital aims to make sure patients have all the items they need to keep as close to their usual routine as possible. Families and friends should use the checklist below and bring in the items to help patients maintain their strength, dignity and sense of identity while in hospital.

□ Day clothes and shoes

□ Regular medication

□ Glasses

□ Nightclothes

□ Dentures

□ Hearing aids

□ Non-slip slippers

□ Toiletries

□ Usual walking aids

□ Any medical/community care plans

Shelagh Meldrum, Director of Nursing, Elective Care and Deputy CEO explained, “Our patients’ recovery starts the moment they get to Yeovil Hospital. This campaign helps continue to promote true partnership between our staff and patients, and plays a crucial part in encouraging independence as soon as possible.

“Families and friends can support us to encourage recovery and independence by making sure their loved one has clothes and all their independence aids with them in hospital. As we all know it’s amazing the difference a person’s favourite jumper or dress can make to their wellbeing and sense of identity.”

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