New bags for life introduced, funded by Love Your Hospital

Thursday August 23, 2018

 

The Chichester and Worthing Enhanced Recovery Programme (CWERP) team has introduced new bags for life to orthopaedic patients, in a bid to be a more environmentally-friendly department.

The cotton bags, funded by Love Your Hospital, the dedicated charity of the trust, will replace plastic bags handed out to each patient attending for planned hip and knee replacements, to carry pre-op drinks and literature about their procedure and aftercare.

When you consider that we see more than 1,000 patients each year, it just makes sense to replace all those bags with a sturdier, eco-friendly version.

Ian Lee, Senior Operating Department Practitioner and CWERP representative was inspired to make the change after attending a Quality Improvement Study Day for Orthopaedics, where canvas bags were handed out to attendees.

He said: Orthopaedic patients come to us for ‘Joint School’ – a two-hour session involving anaesthetists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and specialist nurses – accumulating a lot of hospital literature along the way.

“When you consider that we see more than 1,000 patients each year, it just makes sense to replace all those bags with a sturdier, eco-friendly version.”

Amanda Tucker, head of charity added: “We always welcome suggestions from members of staff on how to improve the patient experience and we loved the idea of helping the orthopaedic department to become plastic bag-free.

“We’re delighted to hear the new bags have been received well and that patients and staff have kindly made donations back to the charity. Any funds raised through these bags will go straight back into the orthopaedic fund to further benefit patient care.”

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