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16 April 2018

Taking on the 70-day end PJ paralysis challenge: We need your help

Spending all day in pyjamas and lying in bed may be some people’s idea of heaven, but for older patients in hospital, not getting up, dressed or mobile for several days can be harmful to their health.

That’s why Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust’s eight community hospitals are taking part in the national initiative #EndPJparalysis, which gets under way on Tuesday (17 April) and runs until Tuesday, 26 June.

For 70 days, our hospitals will be recording how many patients each hospital has managed to get up, dressed and moving using the #EndPJparalysis app.

At KCHFT getting patients home faster because they recover more quickly at home is not new to us. It’s exactly what our Home First project – working with other health and social care providers – sets out to achieve.

The aim is to achieve one million patient days of patients being up, dressed and mobilised across the country. There will be a live dashboard, so everyone – including the public – can check in and see how we’re doing at www.endpjparalysis.com.

And we need your help. Not all patients arrive in hospital with clean clothes or have friends or relatives who can bring them in.

It’s why we need donations of NEW clothes for our community hospitals to help patients get up and dressed – and sometimes, even go home in. We’re looking for tracksuit bottoms, trousers, t-shirts, shirts, jumpers, slippers with grip, underwear and woolly hats.

Donations can be left at any of our hospital receptions or with our volunteers at the League of Friends shops.

Our community hospitals accepting clothes are: Deal, Whitstable and Tankerton; Herne Bay; Faversham; Sevenoaks; Tonbridge; Edenbridge and Hawkhurst.

Please do not donate clothes to Folkestone hospital, as it does not have an in-patient ward. Sittingbourne, Sheppey, Gravesham and Livingstone inpatient services hospitals are run by another provider.

  • 10 days of bed rest in hospital (acute or community) leads to the equivalent of 10 years ageing in the muscles of people aged over 80.
  • A study has shown that 60 per cent of immobile older patients had no medical reason that required bed rest.
  • Research also showed that a 50 per cent increase in walking while in hospital was associated with a six per cent shorter length of stay.

48 per cent of people aged over 85 die within one year of hospital admission.