Lincoln IPU Refurbishment and Re-opening Update

9th August 2022

As part of the ongoing monitoring of all elements of our closure, we continue to receive feedback and reflections from our staff who are working in various areas of the healthcare system across Lincolnshire, continuing the support for palliative patients.

“There are a lot of differences between the IPU and the Hospice in the Hospital, but our goal remains the same; to ensure palliative care patients receive the symptom management they deserve and that their end of life is dignified and comfortable.

I have only worked at St Barnabas for 6 months. However, It has been so nice to share experiences and differences within a service we both provide. Both myself and the staff I am working alongside have been able to cement and develop our knowledge and professional relationships which can only better support our patients in the future.” – RN deployed to the HitH on placement

Artistic digital rendering of a room with white walls, green ceiling and wooden flooring. An artist’s impression of how the new Wellbeing Room is coming together with restful colours for curtains, pelmets, and the oak flooring.

Michelle Webb, Director of Patient Care adds “The newly refreshed Unit will enhance patient experience by bringing natural colours into the Unit. We know that nature has a positive impact on wellbeing and the Unit will have a similar colour palette to St Barnabas units across the County”.

Sue Carter, the IPU Ward Manager, has been supporting the procurement of some new equipment to enhance the quality of care and support we can deliver as a team.

Black leather reclining chairs on white background.Black leather recliner chair with blue and silver medical equipment, on wooden flooring.

Sue has explained that the new recliner chairs for the unit will not only provide comfort but also improve safety and potentially reduce symptom burden for our patients.

They will improve access to complimentary therapies and also enhance the ability for patient independence such as being able to eat comfortably positioned; after all, eating is not just about nutrition, it is a social, pleasurable experience on both the physical and psychological level.

Sue has also updated that she and the project team are carefully planning everything that is required to welcome our patients safely back into Hospice Care.

How to access support and refer patients for Specialist Palliative Care 
As a reminder to all our colleagues in Lincolnshire the advice line number for specialist palliative
care is 0300 303 1754, please just give us a call we will be happy to help.

The next update will be published the week of Monday 22nd August 2022.

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