Hospital staff in Yorkshire join the End PJ Paralysis drive

Staff at Airedale Hospital wear their pyjamas to work as part of an international campaign to keep inpatients moving.

Staff at Airedale Hospital are the latest NHS workers to wear their pyjamas to work as part of an international campaign to get patients moving.

Ward staff wear their pyjamas to work to publicise the End PJ Paralysis campaign

The intermediate care team at the Yorkshire hospital is leading the local End PJ Paralysis campaign, which aims to publicise the health benefits of patients being as active as possible while in hospital.

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The End PJ Paralysis campaign – #endPJparalysis – began at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and has snowballed into a global social media-led campaign.

It aims to get patients – where possible – out of bed and dressed, into chairs and more active, with the goal of reducing muscle wastage and speeding up recovery and discharge from hospital.

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust director of nursing Jill Asbury said: ‘It is incredibly important to patients and their carers that following a stay in hospital, patients are able to resume as much of their pre-hospital life as quickly and as safely as possible. Preventing deconditioning is a crucial element of this and holds the same importance as treating their illness.’

The hospital’s intermediate care team helps patients who have completed their acute medical treatment but need therapeutic support to be well enough to return home.

Ms Asbury said: ‘We will be rolling out this End PJ Paralysis work across our other wards in the coming weeks and months.’

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