South Petherton nurse receives national award for developing falls trolley

Date: 30 July 2019

 South Petherton ward sister Helen Rowe has been presented with a national award for the work she has done to support patients who have suffered falls.

Helen was presented with the Innovations and Best Practice in Community Hospitals award from the Community Hospitals Association in front of her colleagues for her work creating FLORA, the falls trolley.

It is the second time that Helen has won an award from the association in recognition of her work to improve the care and experience of patients at the community hospital, having previously been honoured in 2015 for the new patient admissions checklist she created.

The Mary Robertson Ward at South Petherton Community Hospital provides stroke rehabilitation. There are also some inpatient beds on the ward for patients with other needs.

Some patient groups, including older people and those who have suffered a stroke, are at a higher risk of falls. Measures are taken to reduce potential falls, but it is also important to have measures in place to respond quickly in the event of a patient falling on the ward. 

FLORA was created as a way to bring all the necessary items to a patient if they fall so that everything is on hand in one place and easily transported.

FLORA stands for: Fall, Look - at the situation, environment etc - Obtain assessment - assess patient, commence falls checklist - Review what is already in place, Action – what can you do to prevent a further fall?

The trolley contains pen torches, gauze swabs, hoist slings, falls alarms and slipper socks along with the falls box which includes checklists and charts.

Helen said: “I was thrilled to receive this award from the Community Hospitals Association in recognition of the work we have been doing to improve the way we respond in the event of falls on the ward.

“Setting up FLORA the falls trolley has been a real team effort and I am so proud of the work of everyone on the ward in making this happen.”