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Power nap booths help Oxford emergency nurses fend off fatigue and stress

Sleep pods funded by charity allow nurses to ‘decompress’ during and after long shifts

Sleep pods funded by charity allow nurses to decompress during and after long shifts

Emergency nurses at an Oxford hospital can now take short power naps in specialist sleep pods and chairs during their breaks.

The equipment, worth 32,000, was loaned to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) for a trial during the COVID-19 pandemic, and proved such a hit among staff that Oxford Hospitals Charity purchased it for the trust.

Emergency staff can use the pods during their breaks

During breaks, or before and after shifts, emergency department (ED) staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford can access the two sleep pods, which have a bed, an adjustable privacy visor, soft lighting and can play soothing music.

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John Radcliffe Hospital matron Katy Mimpress tries out one of the sleep pods

Emergency nurses at an Oxford hospital can now take short power naps in specialist sleep pods and chairs during their breaks.

The equipment, worth £32,000, was loaned to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) for a trial during the COVID-19 pandemic, and proved such a hit among staff that Oxford Hospitals Charity purchased it for the trust.

Emergency staff can use the pods during their breaks

During breaks, or before and after shifts, emergency department (ED) staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford can access the two sleep pods, which have a bed, an adjustable privacy visor, soft lighting and can play soothing music. 

A special reclining chair for naps is also available at the ED at Banbury’s Horton General Hospital. 

Staff feedback on the equipment has been positive. John Radcliffe Hospital matron Katy Mimpress said: ‘They are the perfect space for staff to decompress, which has been particularly important during the pandemic.’

Sleep pods ‘help staff provide better, safer care’

Horton General Hospital ED matron Michelle Brock also highlighted the equipment’s effect on staff and patients.

‘A high-quality rest break reduces the risk of fatigue and stress – research demonstrates the cognitive benefits of taking brief rest breaks, refreshing and rejuvenating staff,’ she said.

'This in turn helps staff to provide better, safer and more compassionate care when they are fresh and alert.’

Oxford Hospitals Charity chief executive Douglas Graham said: ‘We are delighted to fund this innovative equipment which will make such a difference to staff working long and intense shifts in the EDs.’


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