Lockers help speed discharges

Patients at Twineham Ward now have new lockers besides their beds thanks to supporters of BSUH Charity.

A selection of the old Twineham lockers

The 43 bed ward at The Princess Royal Hospital provides specialist care to people who have suffered a fractured hip. Before the new lockers arrived, the unit had a selection of old bedside lockers, many of which didn’t lock and small lockable wall storage.

How the patient benefits

The new charity funded lockers offer storage space beside patients’ beds and a surface that can be lent on by staff writing notes. Additionally, they are also helping to smooth the discharge process. This helps to get patients home quicker and frees up beds.

Patients discharged from Twineham have a 28 day prescription supply to take home which comes in a bulky box. These didn’t fit in the smaller lockable wall storage units that were on the ward until recently.

Joy Harwood on Twineham Ward

Manager on a Mission

Ward manager Joy Harwood championed the drive to get the new storage, giving patients space for their clothes to be stored and a locked compartment both for drugs and short term storage of personal items such as watches whilst patients are in surgery.

“When I joined Twineham just over a year or so ago and saw all the different lockers many without lockable sections in them, it became my mission to get us some new ones.”

Helping with efficiency

Joy explains how the new lockers have helped efficiency, “We can now lock the prescription patients have on discharge in here. Before they wouldn’t fit into the pod locker on the wall. The reason that helps us is that when it comes round to discharge, we don’t have to wait for pharmacy to dispense things. Now we can just say ‘right it’s all in the new locker’.

“It’s a much more timely discharge. It’s really good to have them.”

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