5 November 2019

Colourful bed runners to help disoriented patients in hospital

MacDonald ward at Conquest Hospital has introduced colourful bed runners to help disoriented patients recognise their bed space and reduce their distress and anxiety while in hospital.

MacDonald ward team with some of the bed runners

MacDonald ward team with some of the bed runners

MacDonald ward is a medical frailty ward and cares for patients who have dementia and/or poor eye sight. Recognising their own bed in hospital is often a challenge for some patients. Research shows the use of various colours, particularly in the environment for those living with dementia, can be helpful in providing quality of care. The colourful bed runners personalise their bed space helping to reduce their apprehension and the risk of falling.

The bed runners are a variety of designs, patterns and colours. They are intended for single patient use so they can be taken home by the patient when they are discharged. Many individuals and local organisations have already donated over 100 bed runners but more will be required.

MacDonald ward Matron, Mark Chamberlain said: “I am extremely proud of the way my staff have embraced the scheme and are excited to be launching it within the acute hospital setting at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. We have had donations from throughout the United Kingdom and thanks to publicity from the Women’s Institute, we have even had interest from overseas. The dementia care team at Conquest Hospital are kindly supporting our new venture and will work alongside us to ensure our patients needs are being met. All bed runner donations are gratefully received to ensure the scheme is a success and we will be auditing its success over the coming year.”

If you wish to make and donate a bed runner they need to be approximately 140cm x 50cm (55 inches x 20inches) however sizes do not need to be stringent as the idea is that they are all individual. They can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, quilted in any style and of various colours. To donate contact Matron Mark Chamberlain, MacDonald Ward, Conquest Hospital, The Ridge, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7RD or contact on Facebook /ESHTMacDonald or Twitter @ESHT_MacDonald