One of our Health Care Assistants Tracey Benton took part in the London Marathon this year. The staff were very proud of her and Tracey bought her medal into work to show the patients. Some of the patients watched it on the TV trying to spot Tracey but without success!
The ward staff noted National Sepsis Day which is aimed at raising awareness of Sepsis and educating staff, patients and visitors on early recognition and treatment of this condition. Educational posters were displayed and leaflets handed out to the visitors. Cakes were shared by all as well!
Staff celebrated Nurses Day which is held on Florence Nightingales birthday each year. Staff were asked why they became nurses which produced some interesting and some funny responses including ‘because my Mum told me I had to’ and ‘nursing was better paid than hairdressing at the time’! Birthday cake was had all round!
Burnham wards also recognised ‘Dying Matters’ week and an open afternoon was held in the conservatory and discussions were held around making a will, advanced care planning, funeral planning, power of attorney, nursing home fees etc. People tend to ‘shy away’ from talking about dying as it’s ‘never the right time’ but this open afternoon gave everyone the opportunity to ask the questions they wanted. It was kept light hearted and it was made more enjoyable by cream teas being served.
(Yes we do eat a lot of cake at BOSH, any excuse!).
Our memory Café continues and Debbie’s Bingo sessions are proving very popular. Thanks to ‘The Friends’ for providing a new Bingo set!
We have been having musical afternoons with Ellen on the clarinet and Brian on guitar which has cheered up the patients and enjoyed by visitors and Staff.
We are looking forward to the Garden Party on July 16th (and especially the cake stall and cream teas!). Let’s hope the weather’s kind to us that day.