We can diagnose and treat patients faster. We can make families and loved ones more comfortable. And we can train staff in specialist subjects.
Innovations in healthcare help patients get better faster. With support, we can buy advanced equipment, provide better healing environments and support critical research projects.
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Published: November 14, 2019
For patients with dementia, coming into hospital can be frightening and confusing. Being away from home comforts and a familiar routine can be distressing not just for the patient but also their family.
Published: November 1, 2019
Wendy Sawyer, RCHT Charity’s ‘Come Dance with Us 2019’ competitor signed up to another RCHT Charity challenge just 3 months after the last one but this time alongside her wife Lisa.
The Vectra captures breast images in ultra-high resolution 3D and is used to explore possible outcomes and educate patients about their potential procedures.
It also allows clinicians and patients to work together to create a shared understanding of treatment objectives for customised treatment plans.
Staff on the Critical Care Unit requested funding to decorate the room, adding an extra level of care & compassion to the families of patients in the most critical conditions. At times, the Relatives Room is used to impart bad news to patients’ loved ones, so it is important to provide the best environment possible.
Prior to the refurbishment, the room was bare and cold, hosting plain white walls, a couple of old chairs and two metal filing cabinets.
Now, relatives can experience a more calm and relaxing experience with soft-coloured walls, beautiful paintings of Cornwall, cushions & sofas, and soft-lighting from corner lamps. The room has been decorated using shades of blue, which is said to decrease blood pressure, as well as slow respiration and heart rates – proving its purpose even further.
Nurses use the models as teaching aids to facilitate patient education and increase treatment compliance.
‘Sharing information and educating patients is a fundamental part of being a Clinical Nurse Specialist; these education resources have created a visual experience to promote patient understanding.’ Hazel Cowls – Nurse Specialist
With a train track, kitchen, work bench, and painting supplies, the playroom is used as an ice-breaker to help staff connect with children before they go in for operations. It is also an area where children and their families can use during recovery, after surgery.
Staff nurse Liz Huthnance said, “The best part of having the playroom is that it really helps get kids out of bed and active after their operations.”
Prior to having the playroom, children didn’t have a fun area where they could be monitored by staff.
They often stayed in bed with their families. After just 2 weeks of being open, staff observed improvement in the recovery and activity levels of their young patients.
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