"Showers on Ward B50 QMC"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

At the patients meeting we talked about life on the ward, I think 2 showers and a bath for 20 people on one ward is not enough. One patient said he adapted to this by getting up earlier.

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Response from Julie Grant, Head of Communications, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thanks for your feedback - we will ask the Ward Manager to have a think about this and come back to you.

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Response from Helen Smith, AHP lead, Mental health services for older people, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust We are preparing to make a change

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about our washing facilities or lack of them.

The current ward was commissioned in the 1980’s and designed more as a medical short term facility than for patients with mental health problems who have an longer length of stay. Over the years, our ward footage has been decreased by Nottingham University Hospital when we were under their trust and with it, the toilet and wash facilities. Unfortunately, while I can thus sympathize with your concerns I can do very little to redress them, our ward footage is not able to expand or the interior be further redesigned. I could suggest that the available facilities are used throughout the day, but I know many of you do this already.

To make everyone aware that the ward will be moving to another facility at Highbury Hospital at the end of the year; the design team have experienced problems of maximizing hygiene facilities with limited floor footage which we have to work around. However, we have been able to include 3 shower areas as well as a bathroom. I have shared this comment on lack of facilities with the new ward design team.

Thank you for your comments it is always helpful to the ward team to hear your concerns and to action them where we can.

Helen Forrester

Ward Manager, B50

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