In A&E, the team had reflected on how to best support people with dementia, including the use of Playlist for Life – iPod at the ready. On a separate note, I loved the fact that one of the Consultant Medical Staff had started a ‘staff care box’. Snacks and drinks were available to those in the team needing an energy boost at any time during their shift – great to see staff caring for each other.
Dogs and mice in NHS Fife
There were many stand out moments on my visit – probably the most memorable was the enthusiasm and professionalism of all staff I met. But the quirky moments included meeting Kim the dog in a busy acute orthopaedic receiving unit (all, of course, agreed with the Infection Prevention and Control Team) – who was a regular, and popular, visitor to the ward to help some of the patients connect and communicate.
And finally, the mouse in the recovery room. A local artist had been commissioned to paint a beautiful mural on one of the walls where the team nursed people with dementia during their recovery from theatre. Helen Buchanan, Director of Nursing, told me about how the artist worked with the Infection Prevention and Control team to find paint that was compliant with cleaning standards – not the easiest to work with. And the artist couldn’t help popping a beautiful little field mouse into the corner of her work – which I hope is the only mouse in any theatre across NHS Scotland!
The mural and being told of visits by the recovery nurse to meet the patient and their family before surgery, the family welcomed into theatre to support their loved one prior to receiving anaesthetic and also after their operation, along with playlist for life – were truly heart-warming.