Recovery Rooms introduced at Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale hospitals to support staff wellbeing during COVID-19 pandemic

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Recovery Rooms introduced at Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale hospitals to support staff wellbeing during COVID-19 pandemic
01 May 2020

RECOVERY rooms, sometimes called ‘wobble rooms,’ have been launched by the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), to support staff health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recovery rooms are one of a number of different health and wellbeing initiatives currently operating at the four hospitals and community services run by the NCA, which brings together the Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Trusts.

Nicky Clarke, Chief of People at the NCA said:

“Our safe haven recovery rooms are spaces for our staff to rest, regroup and recuperate for a short while away from the demands of front line pressures. We encourage our staff to help each other while in the recovery rooms, be that listening to one another or providing encouragement and support to one another.

“This might be the first time our staff have experienced such a demanding working situation and people cope in different ways. When one person might cry and want to chat, another might want to sit and contemplate, and either is fine, these are safe spaces, which our staff love.”

Other initiatives introduced by the NCA to support mental health, health and wellbeing include a very well received NCA Family send a letter home scheme. Staff can download a letter from the organisation’s Chief Executive thanking their kids for supporting their parents, our staff, through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NCA Twitter account has been inundated with touching images of staff and children embracing with copies of their letters in hand.

Others include helplines for mental health, bereavement, general support and advice, as well as home workout programmes and self-help information.

There are also shower blocks that have been set up so that staff can shower before returning home, and free water bottles and free meals to keep our staff hydrated and energised throughout their time at work.

The recovery rooms are open to all staff, including those working in the community, not just those on the front line, and they offer a calm space where staff can come and sit in silence or talk to others and share their personal thoughts and feelings.

These safe spaces are rooms where staff can go to have a well-deserved and much needed break away from the frontline fighting COVID-19; to have a cup of coffee or a soft drink, a sit down to read a magazine.

They are also home to some of the kind donations of food/drinks/toiletries that the hospitals have received from generous members of the public and local businesses. These are placed in the rooms and staff are allowed to help themselves.

Staff are also bringing things in for each other, hand creams, baking cakes, knitting mascots and making stickers and keyrings, really nice little touches that are helping them through the difficult times.

Pictured: The Haven Room at Fairfield General Hospital, Bury