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Marking the End PJ Paralysis events on the ward

The Trust held a week of events in September to raise awareness of our #EndPJParalysis campaign, where we aim to improve patient mobility and dignity by encouraging patients to wear (ideally) their own clothes or PJs whenever possible, rather than a hospital gown or hospital PJs.

Staff manned an information stand in the main reception area at St Peter’s and we had an impressive 300 pledges from staff and visitors to help #EndPJparalysis.

The week brought a lot of fun but with a serious underlying message: evidence shows older people mobilise less when wearing hospital gowns, than when encouraged to wear PJs or their own clothes. There is also the dignity issue of walking around in a gown which can be rather revealing.

Consultant Orthogeriatrican, Dr. Keefai Yeong said: “We had an excellent response to the launch of our campaign.

It was great to see so many patients embrace the theme and importantly seeing the real-time benefits they derived from getting up, getting dressed and moving.

“A big thank you to everyone who helped make the week the success it was. We must now build on the good work we’ve started and help empower our patients by getting them up and moving.”