Dave and Karen work on Scotter Ward in our therapy team as rehabilitation assistant and Technical Instructor.

A lot of their time is spent encouraging our patients to mobilise within their limits and progress their independence further.

During this time they both use an awful lot of equipment.

Their pledge was to ‘sort our wheelchairs out’ as it was frustrating when they couldn’t find the patients chair or came to fetch one and it was missing one or both footplates ……a scenario I am sure all of us can relay to!

Firstly they ensured all patients own and stock wheelchairs were named so with ID tags.

They then numbered the wheelchairs and number matched the footplates too and labelled them.

They made notices and displayed them in the wheelchair storage area.

Following their work it has given us a basis for knowing what stock we have in order to plan what further we need to order and also has saved so much time in trying to find the footplates for example.

Thank you Guys a simple but effective pledge.

About the Author:

Scotter Ward is a nurse led ward in a busy community hospital in Gainsborough which is part of Lincolnshire Community Health Services. We have just over 40 clinical and non clinical staff and have 23 beds 21 intermediate care and 2 palliative care. We are a team passionate about what we do and always strive to improve standards for our patients and staff

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