"Doctors appointment times on the ward"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(as a staff member),

Several patients have asked if it would be possible to be given the time of their doctors appointment to make it easier to plan time off the ward, attend therapy sessions, walks out or just some fresh air.

Patients feel this would help to reduce the anxiety of missing appointments. If this could be done the appointment times could be pinned up on the patients information board.

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Responses

Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for the feedback.

I have passed this posting on to the matron and general manager of the service.

Response from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust We are preparing to make a change

I have asked the consultant Dr Gill Pinner to respond to this posting We have restarted an appointments system and the doctor also has ideas to share to ensure patients have an understanding of the doctor's roles and know about access to who and when. This can be discussed in the next patients meeting and any additional thoughts can be shared with staff.

Thank you for sharing your opinion with us we appreciate your feedback.

Helen Forrester

Ward Manager B50 QMC

Response from Gill Pinner, Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Medical Education, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust We have made a change

Helen, Ward Manager of B50 let me know of the posting. Having attended the patient group a few weeks back, we are now planning times for when patients are seen by the Consultant or Registrar in the wards and the nursing staff have put up a white board in the day room so that we can write down who will be seen and at what time that day. I will be very keen to hear if this is helpful.

We will also be putting up a timetable each week of when patients can expect medical staff to be attending the ward and give a bit more information reagrding the levels of exeprience and roles and duties of the doctors that are currently looking after them.

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