Clothing bank opens for patients at Southmead Hospital

We are honoured to have been able to fund a clothing bank for patients admitted to hospital without clothes to end ‘PJ paralysis’.

The bank of new tops, trousers, underwear and socks has been set up thanks to £10,000 in funding from our generous donors and supporters.

Staff across the hospital have been working hard to reduce pyjama paralysis and encourage patients to get dressed, out of bed and moving.

Getting patients out of bed and moving each day has been shown to reduce falls, improve recovery and reduce the length of stay by up to 1.5 days.

For many patients, wearing pyjamas reinforces being sick and can prevent recovery and many patients arrive at hospital without clothing.

“If you get out of bed you are most likely to return to normal levels of activity and get home quicker.

“We have around 80 admissions a day, and many of those patients come in as emergency admissions in their night clothes and do not have relatives to bring clothes in for them.

“The clothing bank will ensure they have day clothes to get out of bed in and will also ensure that when they are discharged they are going home in proper clothing and not their slippers and nightwear.”

Luisa Goddard, Head of Nursing at North Bristol NHS Trust

The clothing bank is for brand new clothing only due to infection control, and we are working closely with the hospital and clothing suppliers to source more stock.

Staff across the hospital are able to access the clothing bank to source clothes for their patients.

Pictured with items from the clothing bank are Jet O’Neill, Dementia Care Matron, Megan Love, Senior Nurse, David Pursall, Senior Nurse and Luisa Goddard, Head of Nursing.

Thank you for your support – it makes a huge difference to our patients, their families and our staff.

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