Wardipedia – 44. Gay patients

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Introduction ‘We are often asked what “makes a hotel gay friendly”. For me the main clue is in the word ‘friendly’. I don’t need a constant corporate smile and I don’t need my towels tying into flamingos. I do however expect to be treated with the same respect as other guests […]

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Wardipedia – 45. Patient involvement

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Co-piloting Introduction The extent of service user involvement, or ‘co-production’, in many aspects of inpatient care, from membership of Trust boards to imaginative and genuine control of their care planning is impressive and heartening. These are richly illustrated by the ward examples below but we’ll nip across the Atlantic for a particularly radical take on […]

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Wardipedia – 47. Minority languages

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FOUND in translation Poster for Lost in Translation – in Hebrew. Introduction Imagine walking into a new job or social situation where nobody speaks your language. How do you find out what the routine is? Ask for the toilet? Talk to someone about how you’re feeling? Many people for whom English is a second language, […]

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Wardipedia – 48. Advance Statements

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Planning ahead Introduction Whether they’re called, Advance Directives, Advance Statements , Advance Decisions or, frankly anything along these lines, it is highly beneficial to have information about their care preferences from patients when they are in a good mental state to provide it. The legal situation is that the Mental Capacity Act 2005 gives people […]

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Wardipedia – 49. Graduated self-medication

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Managing my meds myself Introduction When patients return home, especially if they’re living relatively independently, they need to be able to manage their medication. Being in hospital is the perfect opportunity to refine this skill, and to learn about any new medication they might have been prescribed. As we describe below, taking medication ‘the right […]

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Wardipedia – 50. Electronic access

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Open Sesame! Introduction There is considerable controversy about what to do about enabling patients to have appropriate access to their bedroom and the outside world, while minimising risks. There is a totally simple solution – patients having fobs, wristbands, swipe-cards or the equivalent electronic device. These can be programmed for individuals’ rooms, the ward door, […]

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Wardipedia – 51. Personalising bedrooms

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Introduction Let’s face it, inpatient bedrooms can be smelly, dull and impersonal. Patient stay lengths vary but while they’re on the ward, it’s pretty much home for them. As if feeling unwell wasn’t enough to cope with, being away from family and friends and their normal life can make things a million times worse. So […]

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Wardipedia – 52. Physical health

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Hearts and Minds Introduction The connection between physical and mental health is well documented. If you’re mentally ill, chances are you may well also have poor physical health. Sadly, on average people suffering from severe mental illness die significantly younger than the general population – between 8 and 20 year depending on circumstances, and which […]

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Wardipedia – 54. Handovers

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From me to you Introduction As you know, handovers are an important part of ward life. This idea is about:- Providing activity (or activity resources) when handovers are taking place Being mindful about patients’ perspective / impression Cutting down the time it takes to do them and Increasing organisation and effectiveness of handovers Handovers can […]

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Wardipedia – 55. Brain

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Understanding brain pain Introduction It’s not one of the more glamorous looking parts of our innards. Woody Allen famously remarked that his brain is his second favourite organ. Being an inpatient is, for many, an excellent opportunity to learn more about their brain and its relationship with their mental illness. We find it surprising that […]

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