We asked Wendy why you’ve been asked to leave your personal drink bottle in the staff room or nearest office rather than where you used to be able to leave it, on the towel trolley, given that you’ve also understandably been asked to make sure residents are drinking enough water in the warmer weather.
It seems reasonable that you should be able to keep hydrated too, without having to take time off the floor to do so.
Wendy wrote back, saying:
“We have advised staff that drink bottles need to be kept in the staff room or offices and not on trolleys however we encourage staff to stop and have a drink when they need to. The offices are all less than a minute away from any area, it is recognised that staff feel they do not have time to go to the office or staffroom however it will take them only that time to do so. Also during summer months hydration rounds are undertaken to offer staff a drink. Additionally it is normal practice for staff to take a drink with them when they are assisting residents in their rooms with meals and drinks. There are also kitchenettes around the building where staff can stop and have a drink.”
Wendy also said she will send an email to staff to encourage the above options as well as getting the Clinical Team Leaders to chat about it at handovers.
If you have more questions, please feel free to reply to Wendy’s email with your concerns or chat to the Clinical Team Leaders about it when they raise it at your handover meetings.