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Ward revamp boosts both patient care and nurse team

Ward manager Debbie Chown talks about her involvement with an award-winning project to improve her ward’s environment for patients

Ward manager Debbie Chown talks about her involvement with an award-winning project to improve her ward’s environment for patients

Working on an older people’s mental health admission ward is always challenging. Our patients have either functional or organic illness and are only admitted on the ward when they cannot be safely managed in their home setting. They may present with agitation, aggression, cause harm to self or others, self neglect, have mobility issues, or a combination of all of these.

When nurse consultant Geraldine Rodgers first approached me, as ward manager, about improving the ward as a fellowship project, I had doubts about how much we would be able to achieve.

There had been an increase of aggressive behaviour and the ward, which is actually quite spacious, felt cramped. Some patients preferred to spend time in their bedroom rather than being out on the ward where

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