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Debbie Hills
Debbie Hills, Marlowe Ward

First Hospital Improvement Fund projects begin

Our Estates Team who work across the hospitals have been welcoming ideas from staff on what improvements they would like to see for you, our patients. Ideas are turned into bid applications, which are reviewed and the best ones funded from the new Estates Hospital Improvement Fund (HIF)

Following its launch in June, the Hospital Improvement Fund has already got off to a great start. Estates have already received a large number of ideas, some of which have recently been granted and are being put in place to benefit visitors and patients. 

Physiotherapy at Kent and Canterbury were delighted to have their idea approved for the creation of a dedicated ‘paediatric physiotherapy area’. The existing space currently serves both adults and children together, but works on transforming part of the existing area will start later this year, giving children extra privacy in a more child-friendly environment.  “This will benefit at least 80 patients every week” said Sarah Webb, Clinical Musculoskeletal Specialist for Physiotherapy. “The team already have a space just for children at William Harvey which works really well. Feedback has been positive; some saying the new space has transformed their experience. We are looking forward to replicating this experience for our patients at Canterbury now”.

Another approved bid is a ‘Nurse Call Alerts Station relocation’ at Marlowe Ward.  When a nurse call device is activated on a ward bay it can be noisy and disruptive for patients.  Moving the buzzer will be less distracting, leading to a more peaceful stay and speedier rehabilitation. “Rerouting the call bells  would allow better organisation of the care of our patients resulting improved efficiency and would help ensure the patients are being cared for by the most appropriate staff.” said Marlowe Ward Manager, Debbie Hills.

Several other ideas will be reviewed on the 16th September, and will hopefully continue into the future to further benefit the population of East Kent!

This would allow better organisation of the care of our patients resulting improved efficiency and would help ensure the patients are being cared for"

Debbie Hills, Marlow Ward Manager


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