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Bleeper system rolls out for parents of young patients on the children’s ward, Ward 25 at King’s Mill Hospital



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A new bleep system for parents who are waiting for their child to come out of an operation has been developed.

The bleep system being rolled out at King’s Mill Hospital, which is attended by many patients from the Newark area, will see parents receive a pager which will bleep immediately once their child is out of theatres and is ready for them to greet them.

Deputy sister on the Children’s Ward, Ward 25, Carol Hind, who has been involved in the project explains: “In the past parents may have missed a call from the ward when their child is ready, or the ward has not been able to contact them, which can be distressing for both the parents and the patient.

A new bleep system for parents who are waiting for their child to come out of anoperation has been developed at King’s Mill Hospital. (30313639)
A new bleep system for parents who are waiting for their child to come out of anoperation has been developed at King’s Mill Hospital. (30313639)

"The new system will ensure that parents will be bleeped as soon as their child comes out of theatres, so they will be able to be reunited as soon as possible.

“We know that having an operation at a young age can be quite a scary experience, so we wanted to look in to how we could improve the process and make things better for our patients and their families.”

Andrew and Sarah Longmead were the first family to try the new bleep system.

They said: “It’s a really good idea, it was good for us because we were able to go and get a cup of tea and take a short walk around the hospital, safe in the knowledge that we would hear the bleep go off as soon as Toby was ready for us to greet him again.

“It’s a really stressful time for the whole family, so little things like this can really make a difference. It’s something so simple, but we didn’t need to worry about getting a phone signal or checking our phones for missed calls, so it was one less thing for us to think about.”

The bleep system began this week and is being run in conjunction with the ‘theatres car’, which allows younger patients to go down to theatre in a mini electric car, taking the stress out of the situation by having some fun on the journey.

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