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Our survey reveals noise still a problem on wards

A new survey shows that too much noise is still a major issue on hospital wards – but some nurses are tackling the problem
Nurse Nicky Beecher

A new survey shows that too much noise is still a major issue on hospital wards – but some nurses are tackling the problem

It is an issue that has plagued hospital wards for decades.

And a national inpatient survey, published in June, reveals a significant number of hospital inpatients continued to be bothered by night noise.

Out of 70,581 patients surveyed in 2015 by the Care Quality Commission, 38% were bothered by noise from other patients and 20% by noise from hospital staff.

In response, Nursing Standard surveyed all NHS trusts and health boards in the UK to learn more about what measures are being taken to tackle noise.

Types of noise

Television noise, beds being moved, healthcare staff talking, working machinery, bins and doors closing are

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