Improving the environment
Refurbishment of the PRUH’s Stroke Unit
Your generous donations have enabled the Stroke Unit at Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) to have a much-needed refurbishment, benefitting both patients and staff alike.
Cluttered areas and dingy rooms that were previously not fit for use have been renovated and fitted with new furniture, transforming them into completely new places which greatly enhance the unit’s environment.
Rehabilitation with relatives
Patients in the unit can now go with their visiting relatives to the new day room, which has been developed with specialised seating for the patients’ needs. It’s important for those who have suffered a stroke to take part in therapeutic and social activities as part of their rehabilitation programmes, so being able to have meals or just generally spend time away from their bedside in this bright, airy space can make a huge difference.
Thinking of families
There is also a quiet room now available; a place where staff can talk to relatives, explain what has happened and discuss the plan and prognosis. Strokes are sudden and often devastating for family members, as well as for the patient. During this difficult time, a tranquil, quiet space inside the hospital is vital, to allow the family to hear and understand the explanations about their loved one’s condition.
New furniture such as bedside family chairs and adjustable bedside patient chairs are further improving people’s experiences. And staff are benefitting from new reception furniture, along with a greatly improved staff area for them to use for some well-deserved downtime.
A specialist centre
The PRUH’s Stroke Unit is a 40-bedded department, including 14 hyper acute stroke unit beds. Those admitted through the Emergency Department having suffered a stroke are transferred to the Hyperacute Stroke Unit (HASU) for immediate treatment.
Once well enough, patients will either be moved to a hospital closer to their home for the rest of their treatment, or local patients are transferred straight to the PRUH’s Stroke Unit for continuing care. A stay in hospital following a stroke can sometimes be very long, so staff strive to make that stay as comfortable and positive as possible for patients.
‘These changes have made the environment look better - it has a smarter feel so it now gives a more positive impression,’ says Morag Ainge, Head of Nursing for Neurosciences. ‘It has also raised the morale of staff as it’s a nicer environment for them to work in and they feel valued.
‘I cannot thank the supporters of King’s enough for the help and support they have given us.’
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