Wardipedia – 58. Internet

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Inpatients online

Paying bills, keeping in touch with friends, trying out a new hairstyle, watching politicians make idiots of themselves, listening to Lady Gaga’s new album, learning about our health…. How did we manage before the Internet?!

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Wardipedia – 56. Mealtimes made special

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Food for thought. And feelings. And health Introduction “Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?” – Homer Simpson Warmly endorsed by Marion and, in particular, Buddy. And it’s not just donuts. Not even just fried treats. And even, not just food. Mealtimes can be really special occasions in hospital, with the nutritional aspects almost a bonus! […]

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Wardipedia – 57. Friends, relatives and carers

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Since you been gone Introduction Even patients’ warmest relationships with staff can’t provide what mates and mums can – not least for obvious reasons of appropriate boundaries! Being in hospital, and specifically a mental health hospital, makes contact with friends and family very welcome for most patients. The hugs, the concern, the latest anecdotes about […]

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Wardipedia – 59. Social media

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Keep clicking! Introduction In the old days, patients may have turned up fully armed with a pen and some paper. Nowadays their bags can contain mobile phones, smart phones with full internet access, ipads, laptops, e-readers (which might also have internet access). Thus equipped, patients are able to continue to their daily social, work, leisure, […]

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Wardipedia – 60. Ward website

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E-wards Introduction Ideally your hospital/Trust will have a fantastic website – informative, easy to navigate, reassuring, honest, colourful, attractive…. But even if they don’t, it should be possible to set up your own ward website. Well, the easy bit is finding a free DIY website builders such as Weebly. The challenge will be to convince […]

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Wardipedia – 61. Kids visiting

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Hugs, Harry Potter and hoodies Introduction Everyone wants children to have good experiences and memories of a hospital visit, to help them and the people they’re visiting enjoy this time and manage the enforced separation a bit more easily. Children can feel isolated, abandoned, confused and afraid when their parent goes into hospital, and wards […]

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Wardipedia – 62. Help with housing

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Homeward bound Introduction Ward staff are all too aware of the relationship between housing and mental health. Having a good home is central to everyone’s well-being, and unsuitable housing can be a significant factor in triggering a mental illness. Neighbours can be a major source of support, or conflict – or indifference. With swelling problems […]

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Wardipedia – 63. Volunteering

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Giving, getting, gaining Introduction Film clubs, funky felting, pampering groups and helping patients with their personal laundry. Volunteers are doing their kind, quirky, community thing in many or probably most wards in the country, whether it’s a church group coming for a weekly prayer meeting or a former patient occasionally acting as an informal advocate. […]

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Wardipedia – 64. Money

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Poor no more? Introduction Patients are often very distressed or distracted about money problems. For some people, money problems may be the original source of stress and a key contributing factor in their illness; for others, their illness may make them more likely to worry about finances. The current (2012) prospect of savage cuts to […]

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Wardipedia – 65. Pointless national days

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Happy Pointless National Day! Introduction And what a choice you have. There’s National Donald Duck day, National Chip week (clearly too important to restrict to a single day) and (Jewish) Marion’s favourite –  Hug a Jew day. (She hasn’t yet been able to persuade her therapist that this is the one day of the year […]

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