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Showcasing some of our innovative projects and patient safety initiatives

Think Drink

Think Drink is an initiative aimed at minimising fasting times for our patients, with the intention of reducing morbidity from dehydration and improving patient experience. Promoting appropriate fasting not excessive fasting.

Follow @ThinkDrinkNUH on Twitter to keep up to date with this ongoing work, or contact Katie Hammond, Project Lead via email at katie.hammond@nuh.nhs.uk


Carer passport Carer’s Passport

The carer’s passport makes it easier for ward staff to identify and interact with carers, by supporting open visiting and facilitating the involvement of carer's. Carer's can show their carer’s passport to the ward staff to access the ward where the person they care for is a patient, at any time outside the usual visiting hours.

The passport is to be returned to the ward when the patient is discharged.
For more information contact Katie Moore via email at katie.moore@nuh.nhs.uk.


Mealtimes Matter

Mealtimes Matter reinforces the importance of food and drinks to aid patients’ recovery and prevent complications. It ensures that patients get the appropriate help at mealtimes and are not interrupted unnecessarily.

Mealtimes Matter:

  • raises the importance of food and drinks
  • promotes nutrition and hydration as everyone’s responsibility
  • ensures that patients’ mealtimes are undisturbed
  • encourages nurses to focus their activity on helping those who have difficulty feeding themselves and monitoring the amount of food and drink being consumed
  • stops all non-urgent activity during mealtimes. Encourages those staff who are not involved with helping at mealtimes to leave the ward
  • allows relatives and carers to participate in mealtime care when appropriate


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Take the Pressure off aims to:

  • improve pressure ulcer risk assessment
  • give more reliable repeated skin examination
  • improve documentation
  • record re-positioning better



Think Glucose

Think Glucose is a major programme from the NHS Institute, designed to improve the care of people with diabetes when they are admitted to hospital. The number of people with diabetes is steadily increasing, but the provision of consistent, effective and proactive inpatient care still needs to be developed.

Think Glucose has been developed to provide a package of tried and tested approaches, learning and support, to improve awareness and remove obstacles to the treatment of patients with diabetes as a secondary diagnosis. Think Glucose offers a number of benefits to staff and patients including:

  • improving the quality of care
  • reducing the length of stay (which is on average 2.6 days longer nationally, than those without a diagnosis of diabetes receiving the same care)
  • contributing to medicines safety/reducing treatment and drug errors
  • enabling effective self management/self administration
  • improving patients’ experience of inpatient care.

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