January's Hospital Heroes - Bedwell ward nursing team
29 January 2014
January's Hospital Heroes are the Bedwell ward nursing team.
Bedwell is one of two oncology wards in the hospital and one of
their specialisms is end of life care. Recently one of their
patients wanted to get married; ward manager Andrea Turner and
the nursing team had one hour's notice of the ceremony which was to
take place on the ward.
They wanted to make the event as memorable as possible, so with
some help from the hospital restaurant the team managed to create a
small wedding breakfast and a wedding cake. They also made some
decorations from very limited resources.
Sadly the patient died two days later, but his wife wrote a
letter to Andrea and the nursing team to tell them what a huge
difference they had made and to thank them for their efforts.
The team are now creating a 'wedding box' which will include
items such as decorations and flowers so that they are
prepared for future short notice weddings.
The nursing team on Bedwell encourage patients' families to
visit their loved ones on the ward. This can be especially
difficult and scary for young children, so Andrea and the team set
about looking at ways to improve their experience. Thanks to some
charitable donations the ward now has activity sets available for
children when they visit both the oncology wards.
We only get one opportunity to support patients and their
families when they are dying and we want to get it right. Andrea
and the Bedwell nursing team are constantly looking at ways to make
this experience as positive as possible by supporting the physical,
psychological and social needs of patients and their families.