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The Surgical Admissions Lounge team at Musgrove receives a Big Thank You - 30 January 2014

The Surgical Admissions Lounge team at Musgrove receives a Big Thank You - 30 January 2014

The Big Thank You, which is supported by Taunton’s Buff Urban Day Spa, is a way of rewarding staff for their achievements. Each month a different team in the hospital is selected for their hard work and outstanding success at Musgrove.

The Surgical Admissions Lounge (SAL) is a non-ward area for patients who are well enough to be up and about before and shortly after their operation. The SAL team was selected for the Big Thank You for their hard work in setting up an inpatient day case discharge area within the SAL, working collaboratively with the Day Surgery staff. The discharge area has been extremely beneficial to patients as it allows more patients to be seen as day cases, this enables procedures to be carried out more quickly, which means appointments are less likely to be delayed or altered.

Presenting the team with a cake, the hospital’s director of nursing and governance, Carol Dight, said: “The SAL team have not only benefited patients by changing the way inpatients are seen and discharged from the lounge, but they have also helped the hospital by reducing bed occupancy and improving the flexibility of how patients can be seen and treated. The whole team has worked extremely hard to make these improvements in an exceptionally short period of time, which is why I would like to say a ‘big thank you’ on behalf of the hospital.’’

As part of the Big Thank You a member of the team also has the chance to win gift vouchers worth £80, donated by Buff Urban Day Spa. Names are picked at random and this month’s winner was Jeanette Whelan, operations manager and productive theatre lead.

Pictured are the director of nursing and governance, Carol Dight and members of the Surgical Admissions Lounge team.