Ingenious beakers which make it easier for patients with sight difficulties, dementia and wrist and shoulder problems to hydrate themselves, designed by a West Suffolk Hospital employee, are now being used in her workplace.
The hospital used charitable funds to purchase 300 colour-coded beakers, which are angled to make them easier for people to pick up and sip from.
The cups – blue for cold drinks and red for hot – are being used across the hospital following a successful trial on two wards.
They were the brainchild of rehab assistant Beverley Doherty, who noticed while working on medical wards that a lot of patients would leave their drinks.
“I looked into why and it turned out people found the previous white beakers both hard to see and difficult to hold when they were hot as they had no handles,” she said.
She entered her idea into West Suffolk’s Dragon’s Den competition, which looks for innovative ways to improve the experience of patients, visitors and staff.
Beverly, who is now an imaging assistant, said: “The new beakers are colour-coded so are much easier for people with visual impairment to see, and are also angled so that people don’t need to tip them as far to be able to finish their drink.
“The feedback we received during the trial was excellent, and it’s fantastic that the idea has taken off and we’ve been able to roll out the beakers across the hospital.
“I hope they continue to make a difference to patients by ensuring they get the hydration they need to help their recovery.”