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 – 43. Going Green

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Thinking out of the refuse box Introduction Greenyness is great for healthier living, feeling positively connected with the world outside the ward, contributing to the local and global challenge of saving the planet. And of course many patients and staff will be passionate environmentalists and can provide lots of great ideas for gentler, more sustainable […]

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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 – 20. The really great outdoors

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Wardipedia – 19. Gardening

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Green fingers, green socks Introduction Gardening offers a unique combination of physical, emotional, spiritual and sensory pleasures. Patients can spend a leisurely morning in the sun, pulling out a few weeds, or do a full day’s aerobic and horticultural workout in an allotment. And if there’s no sun or allotment, most wards now have access […]

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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 – 14. Multi-sensory

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The sense of calm Introduction There’s no lack of sensory stimulation on wards! But often the continuous presence of noise in particular, along with all the other stressors of ward life, makes it important to provide actively therapeutic and calming sensory experiences for patients. Sensory activities are particularly valuable when patients are in a highly […]

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