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'Nightingale' ward desks to return to improve care
2:40pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
NURSING stations are to be scrapped at a Hampshire hospital in a bid to improve patient care.
Bosses at Winchester’s Royal Hampshire County Hospital (RHCH) could be among the first in the country to go down this route after a Government patients’ tsar said nurses should be encouraged to spend less time talking and more time caring.
Donna Green, chief operating officer and nursing director at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), which runs the RHCH, said out-of-sight stations would be replaced with desks in the middle of patient bays.
Mrs Green said: “I think sometimes when patients and the public see nurses at the station they don’t think they are doing any work which is not necessarily true but they can do that work at a desk in a bay and so there is additional observation of patients.
“I have wanted to do this refurbishment for some time.”
She added that old-fashioned Nightingale wards had desks at the end of wards which patients could see and “they often felt more reassured”.
Meanwhile other planned improvements include more en suite facilities. It is proposed every six-bed bay should have its own toilet and shower.
The trust is spending £1m revamping wards in Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover hospitals this year and a similar amount could be earmarked next year.
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