The system reduces stress for both parents and children.
An innovative new bleep system which reunites parents with their children after operations has been implemented at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The bleep system immediately pages parents once their child is out of theatres and is ready for them to greet them.
Used in conjunction with the ‘theatres car’, which allows younger patients to go down to theatre in a mini electric car, the trust hope the project will take the stress out of the situation by having some fun on the journey.
The project has involved teams collaborating across both specialties to improve patient care.
Andrew and Sarah Longmead were the first family to try the new bleep system, they said: “It’s a really stressful time for the whole family, so little things like this can really make a difference. It’s something so simple, but we didn’t need to worry about getting a phone signal or checking our phones for missed calls, so it was one less thing for us to think about.”
Deputy Sister on the Children’s Ward, Ward 25, Carol Hind, who has been involved in the project explains: “In the past parents may have missed a call from the ward when their child is ready or the ward has not been able to contact them, which can be distressing for both the parents and the patient.
“The new system will ensure that parents will be bleeped as soon as their child comes out of theatres, so they will be able to be reunited as soon as possible.
“We know that having an operation at a young age can be quite a scary experience and so we wanted to look in to how we could improve the process and make things better for our patients and their families.”