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New Patient Property Baskets introduced to help prevent items getting lost

Lost dentures, glasses and hearing aids could now be a thing of the past thanks to the introduction of new Patient Property Baskets in all inpatient wards at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The Patient Experience Team is introducing the initiative to help reduce the number of small personal items which are mislaid or lost when people are staying in hospital.

They are distributing 5,000 of the bright pink baskets to inpatient areas across the Trust thanks to a donation from the hospital’s League of Friends.

The baskets will be placed on the bedside table for patients to keep items such as dentures and hearing aids in to stop them getting lost in their bed clothes or misplaced during a transfer to another ward.

Any money or valuables should still be given to ward staff for safe keeping in the ward’s designated locked patient property cupboard.

The baskets are available from the Patient Experience Department (Room E121) in the Main Concourse. All staff should be aware of the new initiative and recommend their patients to make use of the baskets.

Bernadette George, Head of Safety, Risk and Patient Experience said: “We understand that being in hospital can be a worrying time and it is unfortunate that this stress might be added to by the loss of a personal item like your glasses.  We hope that our patients will find these baskets useful during their hospital stay and that they will help prevent items being mislaid in the future by providing a safe place to store their property when it is not in use.” 

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