NNUH to launch Dignity Shorts Pilot on Dignity Day
As part of Dignity Action Day, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is introducing Dignity shorts onto its Wards.
The navy blue, knee length, shorts are being piloted on the hospitals Dunston and Elsing Wards, two of the hospitals Older Peoples Medicine Wards.
Kay Marrison, Gastroenterology Matron and Dignity Champion said: The shorts are unisex and will provide comfortable and appropriate coverage to patients who do not have their own nightwear and need appropriate clothing to wear with hospital gowns, the shorts are an ideal way to ensure their dignity remains intact.
The hospital will be the first in the region, and second in the country, to introduce the disposable shorts and pending a successful trial, they will be rolled out to the rest of the hospital in the Spring.
Emma McKay, Director of Nursing commented: The dignity and respect of our patients is a high priority for the hospital and the team are continuously looking at ways where this can be improved. The shorts will be a fantastic and innovative addition to the wards and will be another option for patients to choose if they prefer. Dignity Action Day is all about raising awareness of initiatives that have been introduced as well as encouraging staff and members of the public to highlight possible future ideas and Dignity Action Day seemed the perfect day to launch the Dignity shorts pilot.
To mark Dignity Action Day the hospital is also inviting governors, board members, Executives and all staff groups to tour the hospital Wards speaking to members of staff and patients about their care.
Other initiatives introduced following last years Dignity Action Day include the introduction of discreet gastro shorts to enable patients to remain covered up during gastro procedures and the introduction of a Ward Dignity Champion.
Notes to editors
Dignity Action Day is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and members of the public to uphold people's rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.