More silent nights on wards after changes

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PATIENTS are being helped to enjoy more peaceful nights in hospital after ward staff made changes designed to stop disturbing people’s sleep.

Last month’s patient survey by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust, which runs St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester, showed about 64 per cent of inpatients reported being able to sleep without noticing any noise.

This is compared to less than 50 per cent in early 2012.

Changes have been made, which include soft close bins, fixing squeaky hinges and wheels and avoiding moving patients between wards later in the evening.

Cathy Stone, director of nursing and patient safety at the trust, said: ‘Realistically, sleeping on an inpatient ward is always going to be more difficult than sleeping in your own home.

‘But the feedback from patients was crystal clear – we could and should do more to help people to enjoy a peaceful night.

‘Being disturbed at night is frustrating.’