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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Activity Boxes

Monday 4 July 2016
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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Royal Preston Hospital:

The trust has developed ‘activity boxes’ for our elderly care wards. A key component of these are our ‘activity blankets’ which we produce ‘in-house’ from re-cycled materials. These blankets are very popular and those patients who become attached to them (either for comfort or for diversion) often take them home.We have a constant replacement programme which has put our linen services under immense pressure.

To assure supplies were available, we advertised for ‘sewing volunteers’ from the local community. The response was fantastic and our linen room have held 2 training sessions and ‘recruited’ 7 volunteers, who have now taken their first packs home to make our first batch of ‘homemade activity blankets’

Five acute elderly medical / elderly rehabilitation wards at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust achieved the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) Quality Mark for Elder Friendly wards. There are only 12 others in the country. The Quality Mark was the central pillar of the RCP’s response to the Francis inquiry into care failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.