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Older patients at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were encouraged to ‘get up, get dressed and get moving’ last week as part of the Trust’s week-long series of events to highlight its commitment to ending pyjama paralysis.

In support of the campaign, more commonly known as #EndPJParalysis, staff across the Trust dressed up in pyjamas, held pyjama ward parties and joined scores of colleagues, patients and visitors to the hospital as they pledged to help #EndPJparalysis.

The campaign is the brainchild of world renowned Professor Brian Dolan, Director of Health Service 360 and the originator of #Last1000days and builds on evidence that suggests that older people mobilise less when in pyjamas and more when fully dressed, which ultimately helps reduce deconditioning.

Staff pledging their support

Consultant Orthogeriatrican, Dr. Keefai Yeong said: “We had an excellent response to the launch of our campaign with staff and visitor pledges reaching an impressive 300. It was great to see so many patients embrace the theme and importantly seeing the real-time benefits they derived from getting up, getting dressed and moving.

“A big thank you to everyone who helped make the week the success it was. We must now build on the good work we’ve started and help empower our patients by getting them up and moving.

We are privileged to be hosting a visit from Professor Brian Dolan next month where we hope to learn more about this fascinating topic.”