Jan 23, 2015
During Dignity Action Day (1 February), health and social care professionals aim to promote dignity in their work and encourage members of the public to give their views on what dignity means to them and what the service can do to make them feel in control of their treatment and visits.
At the treatment centre in Bristol, community engagement officer Carolyn Portch said: “As well as a display in the foyer, packed with useful information, there will be a Digni-Tree where patients, visitors and colleagues will be invited to write what dignity means to them on a leaf that will be displayed on the tree.
“We will offer patients and visitors some Digni-Tea where they can share their views with us over a cup of tea and a cupcake. We will also be offering a small bunch of daffodils to patients on the day. One of the key ward nurses here, Ruiping Jiang, is our Dignity Champion on the day.”
Hospital director Pamela Mackie said: “Maintaining patients’ dignity is a fundamental part of all we do at Emerson Green NHS Treatment Centre, but Dignity Action Day gives us all a valuable opportunity to think about how we contribute to upholding people's rights to dignity and how we can find new ways to increase a patient’s sense of choice, control and enhance their experience of our service.
“We are all looking forward to making it an extra special day and demonstrating that everybody in the community has a role to play in upholding dignity in care and that they, as well as those who provide care, have a right to be treated with dignity and respect too.”
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