Every month we normally announce one team as the winner of our Brilliant Bradford Team of the Month award.
This month, however, is a little different as three teams – who are all behind one pioneering project – have taken the honours.
Ward 29, our Infection Control team, and Westbourne Green are the deserved winners for August after impressive work delivering our new Hydration Project to patients and families.
As part of our ongoing drive to reduce infection, our Infection Control team has worked with staff from Ward 29 and the Westbourne Green site to introduce drink stations and look at different ways of encouraging patients – and their families – to drink more.
Drinking more fluids can have a major impact on elderly patients in particular, and reduce confusion, tiredness, constipation, and e-coli bloodstream and urinary tract infections among many other conditions.
Chief Nurse Karen Dawber and Nurse Consultant Infection Control Claire Chadwick nominated the three teams for the award.
Karen said: “Ward 29 and Westbourne Green have introduced drinking stations and looked at ways of encouraging different ways of both measuring and encouraging fluids.
“The team on Ward 29 have even purchased traditional cups and saucers to add a little quirkiness into the project!
“Early results are encouraging with patients drinking more and the recording of drinks being more accurate.
“Staff are also using a QI methodology and are assessing the results against a baseline of infection indicators.”
Staff Nurse Emily Batt helped lead the project on Ward 29 with Sister Jacqui Smith.
She said: “We asked patients what they would like to drink and have made something different every week. Patients have been able to have fruit juice and cordial.