At Barnsley Hospital we are supporting the 70 Day Challenge to End Pyjama Paralysis. This is a national campaign devised by Cambridge Digital Health and supported by Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England.

The 70-day #EndPJparalysis Challenge is running across the UK and in Ireland from 17 April to 26 June 2018 to tie in with the 70th anniversary of the NHS on 5 July 2018. It’s a 70-day mission to achieve a million days of patients up, dressed and moving while in hospital!

We want to help get older people back home to their loved ones living much happier and fuller lives. Making the most of valuable patient time is particularly important – as figures show nearly half of people aged over 85 die within one year of a hospital admission.

We want to get as many patients up, dressed and moving as possible. This is proven to assist in reducing length of stay.

Bedbound patients lose 1 – 5% of their muscle strength every day they are in bed, they can also develop skin breakdown, pressure sores, confusion and fatigue.

So to help support getting as many patients up, dressed and moving as possible we are asking patients to bring in loose fitting comfortable clothes as well as nightwear whilst they are in hospital.

You’ll see these posters up in and around the hospital.