Portsmouth nurse’s butterfly idea gets a national accolade

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JUDGES were impressed with a Portsmouth nurse’s idea to put pictures of butterflies on hospital ward doors to let people know a patient has died.

They liked nurse Lee Campbell’s scheme so much that they named her winner of the Emergency and Critical Care category at this year’s Nursing Times Awards.

The judges felt it proved how a member of staff does not have to be senior to change the culture of an organisation.

They also praised the scheme’s focus on the patient and its concentration on dignity and respect.

Lee said: ‘We are thrilled with winning this award – it’s a very special recognition.

‘We are so pleased the butterflies have been extremely effective since they were introduced.

‘Staff are more aware and make a real effort to keep the noise down in that particular area of the department.

‘We work in a very busy part of the hospital and it can be noisy.

‘But if we try and keep noise to a minimum then we can help that little bit more.’