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Ending PJ paralysis

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is joining the national campaign to #EndPJparalysis.

The 70-day Challenge is running across the UK and Ireland from 17 April to 26 June to tie in with the 70th anniversary of the NHS on 5 July 2018. It is aimed at getting patients out of bed, up and dressed.

To highlight their commitment and get people talking about it prior to the official launch, many members of the ward teams at Dewsbury Hospital wore their pyjamas to work for the day.

Breeda Columb, Assistant Director of Nursing – Dewsbury Hospital, said: “We’ve been asked by other staff members and visitors why we are wearing our pjs, which is great, it gives us an opportunity to talk to them about why it is so important for patients to get up, get dressed and get moving.

“A number of relatives said they never thought about bringing in clothes other than pyjamas for their loved ones, but after talking to us understood the benefits and importance and were going to bring some in the next time they visited.”

Patients of all ages benefit from being more active, but it’s particularly important for older people. A person over 80 spending ten days in bed will lose ten percent of their muscle mass. Or to put it another way, a 10 day stint in bed can lead to the equivalent of 10 years of muscle ageing in someone over the age of 80.

What seems like a simple everyday task to most people can make a huge difference to those who are in hospital. Getting up and getting dressed can make patients feel much better both mentally and physically. It also helps prevent further health complications which come from being bed-bound, and can help those patients with dementia distinguish between night and day.”

Getting patients active has also been shown to reduce the length of time they spend in hospital.

Breeda continued: “Other wards across the Trust are going to be doing all they can to support the initiative in the 70 day period in the hope that it then becomes common practice. During this time we will be hosting exercise classes with our therapists and afternoon teas on the wards and will be encouraging carers and relatives to support as much as they can.”