Hospital staff work in pyjamas to highlight ‘get moving’ campaign

Workers at Scarborough Hospital in their pyjamas.
Workers at Scarborough Hospital in their pyjamas.

Staff at Scarborough Hospital came to work wearing their pyjamas last week as part of a campaign to help raise awareness of preventing deconditioning while in ward beds.

The #EndPJparalysis campaign aims to encourage hospital patients to ditch their pyjamas and get moving to enable them to get back to their own homes earlier.

The national End PJ Paralysis drive aims to get older people back home and living much happier and fuller lives.

The campaign, which was launched on Tuesday 17 April, will run for 70 days until Tuesday 26 June, to mark 2018 as the 70th anniversary year of the NHS.

As part of the challenge, hospital staff wore their pyjamas to work with the aim of showing staff what it’s like when they have to wear pyjamas while in hospital, often feeling vulnerable and uncomfortable.

Vicky Mulvana-Tuohy, head of AHP Services at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Bedbound patients lose 1-5% of their muscle strength every day they are in bed and they can develop skin breakdown, pressure sores, confusion and fatigue.

“Many patients lose the ability to carry out routine daily functions such as bathing, dressing, getting out of bed and walking, due to unnecessary bed rest.

“For an older person, a loss of muscle strength can make the difference between dependence and independence. Every 10 days of bed-rest in hospital is the equivalent of 10 years of muscle ageing for elderly patients.

“One of the most valuable resources is a patient’s time and getting people up and dressed is a vital step in ensuring that they do not spend any longer than is clinically necessary in hospital.”