Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn appeals for help combating ‘PJ Paralysis’

Chief operating officer Ciara Moore is pictured with Windsor Ward manager Phulmattie Mohan. Picture:

Chief operating officer Ciara Moore is pictured with Windsor Ward manager Phulmattie Mohan. Picture: Kim Pearce - Credit: Archant

Relatives are urged to do their bit to help hospital staff fight a major healthcare issue facing elderly patients.

Long periods of lying in a bed can have a devastating impact on older patients, resulting in a loss of confidence and ability to do everyday tasks along with increasing the risk of falls.

Deconditioning Syndrome is often caused by inactivity and can result in falls, incontinence and psychological dependence.

Recent studies have also shown that 10 days in bed can lead to 10 years of ageing in the muscles of people over the age of 80.

Nursing staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are already doing their bit to tackle the problem but relatives and carers also need to play their part by bringing in a daily supply of fresh clothing to help patients get out of bed.

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Chief operating officer Ciara Moore is calling on relatives to support the Hospital and end 'PJ paralysis'. She said: 'Time is an important currency in healthcare and many of our older patients do not want to spend long periods of time in hospital so it is vital that we do everything we can to get them home as soon as possible. Our nursing teams are encouraging appropriate patients to get out of bed, get dressed and sit in a chair. Even this simple activity can make a big impact on a patient's wellbeing and prepares them for discharge.'

To support getting all patients the hospital has introduced Red2Green Days. This initiative aims to ensure that patient has valuable Green Days, in which all of the treatments lead towards the goal of getting home instead of Red Days which have no value for the patient.

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The hospital is also encouraging patients to ask what is wrong with them, what needs to be done to enable them to go home and when can they be discharged.

Ms Moore said: 'We would really like patients to play an active part in their care and treatment by asking staff these important questions. This activity also leads to an increase in patient wellbeing.'

Last month the Trust introduced the Red Bag scheme, which has received a good response from the care homes, ambulance teams and A&E staff. Frail and seriously ill patients from 16 care homes are accompanied into hospital by a bag containing medical information and personal belongings.

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