Introducing wellbeing hubs for Newham Hospital staff

04 May 2020

During the COVID-19 outbreak, staff in our hospitals have been working hard to provide the best care possible for their patients.

Donations are supporting staff at Newham Hospital by creating wellbeing hubs where they can go to de-stress between shifts. 

Our rapid funding has been used to introduce wellbeing hubs for staff across Newham Hospital. At the hospital's main hub, new equipment like reclining chairs, a Nespresso machine and mindfulness posters, have furnished the space to make a welcoming place for staff to rest and recharge.

"I’ve seen staff use the area already," says Nayna Manya, the Director of Transformation at Newham. "It’s a quiet place for staff to go and have a break either by themselves or with a colleague (whilst still observing social distancing as much as possible!)" 

In the maternity department, Associate Director of Midwifery and Nursing Giuseppe Labriola, has created another space for his team. "Our staff have been really flexible about still delivering the service but in a different way," says Giuseppe. "But adapting to new ways of working is stressful. When you're in full PPE and you are helping someone in labour, moving into lots of different positions, it gets exhausting very quickly. That's why having a nice place for staff to go and relax has been lovely."

The maternity team have equipped their well-being hub with a TV and radio, and an eating area with a microwave and dining table. Other items have been chosen to create a calming atmosphere - like the aromatherapy diffuser, which comes with different oils for energising or relaxing.

Giuseppe says, "It's gone down really well with the staff. People have been stopping me in the corridor to say 'thank you, it’s a really lovely area'."

Projects like this are funded with your support. Donate to our emergency COVID-19 appeal to help our NHS staff through this challenging time.

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