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Coronavirus: Wellbeing rooms launched at Airedale General

Coronavirus: Wellbeing rooms launched at Airedale General

Published by May Norman at 7:25am 29th April 2020.

Wellbeing rooms opened for our staff

  • Wellbeing rooms have opened up for staff at Airedale General Hospital.
  • They're in place for those who need some peace and quiet during busy shifts.
  • Hospital bosses recognise workers at the hospital are facing unprecedented demands.

Staff working at Airedale Hospital can now visit one of several special wellbeing rooms if they are feeling overwhelmed and need some peace and quiet.

With workers at the hospital facing unprecedented demands, the new rooms are already proving popular with staff that might need to take a breath, recharge or take a moment to themselves.

The rooms are available 24/7 and are also stocked with items that have been donated by the community including mugs, drinks, snacks and handcream.

The ‘wellbeing rooms’ have been introduced to provide staff with:

  • A place they can go to take a pause and ground themselves if they are feeling overwhelmed
  • A space to do some calming techniques, such as mindful breathing
  • Somewhere to have a drink, snack or a short rest
  • A space to talk and to get support if needed
  • A space which recognises that our mental health fluctuates and that sometimes we all need to take a moment to look after ourselves

The wellbeing rooms are in addition to spaces around the hospital that already exist for staff who need to take a few minutes to find some peace and quiet, including the green spaces.

Jo Harrison, Director of People and Organisational Development at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Our staff are facing huge challenges at the current time and we’re working hard to make sure we can support both their physical and mental wellbeing.

“The new rooms are somewhere for staff to go if they just need to take a moment to themselves and find some peace and quiet before they go back to caring for our patients.

“All of the rooms have information about how to access further support including counselling and psychological support.

“We know that our staff are facing unprecedented demands and we will continue to develop our offer to ensure they have the support they need, to be with them every step of the way.”

Dr Linda Wilson, Consultant in Palliative Care at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust adds:

“We recognised early on that staff were facing very difficult challenges at work as well as in personal and family circumstances. The idea of the wellbeing rooms was in recognition that sometimes ‘its ok not to be ok’ and a safe place to have some time out was really important.“