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Hospital uses new safety signs to help doctors and nurses

30th December 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

One hospital has put new signs to good use, using them to clearly alert doctors to any special needs the patient has.

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has introduced the new signage, which has different symbols for different problems, such as being prone to falling, being a wheelchair user or being hearing impaired.

Gabrielle Adamson, senior matron for the acute stroke unit, has praised the new health and safety signs, telling the Mid Devon Star: "The new signage design is brilliant. The signs provide a really clear 'at a glance' view for staff of patient needs."

She told the newspaper that they are also easy to clean and clip onto the bed, making them easy to use.

The hospital trialled the new system in 32 of its 40 wards before deciding to roll it out across all departments.

Meanwhile, safety signs have been used to close wards in a number of hospitals across the UK as vomiting viruses broke out there. Included in the affected buildings are Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock and Burnley General Hospital.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19533153-ADNFCR


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