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#EndPJparalysis

The NHS is on a mission to get as many patients as possible up, dressed and moving about whilst they are in hospital. ​​The #EndPJparalysis campaign has become a global social movement embraced by nurses, therapists and medical colleagues.

The 70-day #EndPJparalysis Challenge took place across the UK and in Ireland from 17th April to 26th June 2018 to tie in with the 70th anniversary of the NHS on 5th July 2018. We are now on a mission to make this initiative business as usual in all our hospitals.  

We are very excited about using amateur radio and hospital radio as a means to increase focus and boost the social movement.

Having patients in their day clothes while in hospital, rather than in pyjamas (PJs) or gowns, enhances dignity, autonomy and experience as well as, in many instances, shortening their length of stay.

For patients over the age of 80, a week in bed can lead to 10 years of muscle ageing. Mobilising (moving) has been shown to reduce falls, improve patient experience and reduce length of stay by up to 1.5 days.

As part of the campaign, patients are encouraged to ask family and friends to bring clothes and shoes so that patients can get up and dressed, and where appropriate, spend at least half an hour a day moving around, as this can aid recovery time.

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