Tackling COVID communication challenges

Healthwatch, together with other organisations, are taking part in ambulance trust-led discussions looking at how to overcome the communication challenges staff, patients, their family and friends and carers face because of wearing PPE.
Face masks on table

Not only do patients and their families struggle with the loss of facial expressions/lip movements or the muffling affects of talking through masks or hoods – so do staff. Some ambulance staff are experiencing concern over missing information because of their own hearing or are concerned they  may have to deliver sensitive news to patients or their families  through layers of protective equipment.

South East Coastal Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust is spending time looking at the safety of potential solutions including  amplify microphones and communication aids – as well as looking how staff can overcome communication issues by adapting their behaviours.

We are sure people don’t want ambulance crews putting themselves at risk by not wearing PPE at the moment. Please share your thoughts on this and what would make a difference to you if you’ve struggled with communicating.

Finally, this seems a great opportunity for local students and engineers to get involved – we’ve seen some really affordable solutions arising out of this crisis – is this another area for innovation?

Please contact us to share your ideas and experiences with us:

0300 012 0122

katrina.broadhill@healthwatchwestsussex.co.uk

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