Patient toiletry pilot scheme in motion thanks to charity funding

When an unplanned stay in hospital leaves a patient without essential toiletry items, it can often have a negative impact on how a patient feels. Ensuring our patients have access to toiletry items is something which we and our clinical teams feel is of great importance.

With this in mind, a pilot scheme to ensure patients have access to toiletry items has been unveiled. Located at Southend Hospital as a starting point, the scheme has seen the arrival of a large cabinet home to toiletry items for any patient in need.

Clinical Development Nurse for Local Services Claire Buckell explained: “The toiletry cabinet is a relatively simple concept but one which is very much needed by many patients daily. Having these essential items (such as shaving foam, sanitary items and washing items) available allows our patients to feel clean, dignified and helps with their overall health and wellbeing.”

With funding provided by the charity, it is hoped that the success of this first cabinet will see plans for charity funded toiletry cabinets to be introduced at Basildon and Broomfield Hospitals also.

Details of how to purchase items directly from an Amazon wish list will be shared in due course for those wishing to make contributions to the toiletry cabinet(s).