We recently ran a second ‘Spring to Green’ week in both of our hospitals following a successful week in March.
This is a week-long focus on improving the way patients flow through our hospitals so we have patients in the right place, first time, and make sure they move through their care pathway as quickly as they should. Its purpose is to improve overall patient experience. Staff from different roles across the Trust spent time on our wards as Ward Liaison Officers providing support for existing ward staff.
One of the ways staff helped during the week was by working as pharmacy runners. Staff collected medicines, after they had been dispensed and checked, and delivered them to wards. This provided a quicker pharmacy service for patients and freed up time for the Pharmacy team to spend on their normal work.
Margaret Broomfield, who usually works in the IT department, spent four days working in the Pharmacy department as a runner as well as spending a day on general duties in A&E. Lead Pharmacy Technician, Gail Bull, said: “We have kept Margaret pretty busy over the four days and she has been absolutely brilliant - doing everything we have asked of her. She has been a great asset.”
By providing extra help on the wards and departments the Spring to Green initiative aims to reduce patient waiting times and speed up discharges.
Margaret Broomfield, IT project manager, helped out in Pharmacy and A&E during Spring to Green week. Talking of her experience Margaret said: “I have been made to feel so welcome in both departments and I have learned a huge amount, it’s been a great experience.”
Pictured above: Margaret Broomfield during Spring to Green week