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Nurse’s tray design wins national award

Rose Preston from West Suffolk Hospital. ANL-160903-110140001
Rose Preston from West Suffolk Hospital. ANL-160903-110140001

An innovative tray designed by a West Suffolk Hospital nurse, making it easier for patients to clean their hands and get a good night’s sleep, has won a national award.

Rosario Preston, an F4 nursing assistant at the hospital, developed a tray with labels pointing out handwipes, to be used before meals, and earplugs and an eyemask, to be put on at night.

Rose, who lives in Bury, came up with the idea based on her experiences on the ward, and the design which has been rolled out across the hospital, has now won the environment care category in the Patient Experience Network awards 2015.

“Previously, nursing assistants would have gone round delivering handwipes individually,” said Rose.

“By adding them to the tray and reminding the patients to use them, we have freed up extra time for staff to spend on other tasks.”

The RoseVital tray, which has been trademarked by West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, was first trailed in 2014 and led to a significant reduction in complaints about noise.

Jan Bloomfield, executive director of workforce at the hospital, said Rose’s tray was making a big difference on the wards.

The award were held at a ceremony earlier this month,


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