The restorative power of sleep can never be underestimated and now staff at Poole Hospital’s anaesthetic department will be able to catch up on some shut-eye when they are working long on-calls and night shifts.
The department has received an EnergyPod which has been developed around the simple principle that a 20-minute nap is beneficial for well-being and productivity. The zero-gravity position, specially composed sleep music, gentle wake sequence of programmed lights and vibrations are all features which allow staff to take a relaxing comfort break.
Funding for the EnergyPod was secured by LV (Liverpool Victoria) along with community support for University Hospitals Dorset (UHD) NHS Charity’s, Heroes Fund.
Rachel Haden, consultant anaesthetist, identified the need for the EnergyPod within the anaesthetics department following the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ Fight Fatigue campaign, which raises awareness and promotes the benefits of staff being able to take a nap break during long shifts while on call.
“During a stressful and challenging year, well-being of NHS staff has been vitally important. This generous donation has enabled the anaesthetic department to purchase an EnergyPod, giving us a much-needed quiet space to de-stress and rest after long shifts or if feeling overwhelmed and exhausted,” said Rachel.
“It will be an amazing resource for years to come.”
The EnergyPod will be beneficial for staff that have to travel a distance after finishing their shift in the department or need a short retreat in between shifts. It allows them to get a much-needed rest after a long shift so they are able to drive home safely after resting.
The EnergyPod will be in the anaesthetic department’s staff wellbeing space.
Sara Fripp, UHD Charity fundraising manager, said: “We are grateful for the funding received from LV.
“As a trust we know the importance of staff wellbeing especially in these challenging times. The EnergyPod will greatly support anaesthetic staff with their health and wellbeing.”
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