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Is there somebody out there who knows about NHS policy, please?

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PixieOnaLeaf Thu 09-Dec-10 19:07:29

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TheYuleLogLady Thu 09-Dec-10 19:08:30

probably. if they were allowed to bin them someone somewhere would accuse them of stealing them.

PixieOnaLeaf Thu 09-Dec-10 19:13:33

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PixieOnaLeaf Thu 09-Dec-10 19:13:52

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grumpybrusselsprout Thu 09-Dec-10 19:16:38

I am sure that they could be put in the bin if the family put it in writing, a brief note or email to the ward manager should suffice. But this would mean he goes through a lot of pjs which would get very expensive. They may want to check that he is wearing appropriate pads and underwear, being toiletted regularly by staff etc. as well.

minxofmancunia Thu 09-Dec-10 19:19:36

I second you could put this in writing, I'd be concerend about their continence care if this is a regular thing, they need to reassess what his needs are and alter his care plan maybe to include pads and more regular toileting. Horrible and undignified for him and yout miL.

PixieOnaLeaf Thu 09-Dec-10 19:20:10

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NorthernLurker Thu 09-Dec-10 19:20:19

HOspital laundry is nearly always outsourced. If they sent them off they'd never come back. You could ask for a specific instruction to be put in his nursing notes but it will be expensive in terms of pyjamas.

minxofmancunia Thu 09-Dec-10 19:20:23

sorry mistake not MiL his wife.

TheYuleLogLady Thu 09-Dec-10 19:24:36

also - if he's getting through loads and laundry is a problem (there are no in-hospital laundries any more) can he not wear hospital PJs

agree that his continence issues need addressing.

PixieOnaLeaf Thu 09-Dec-10 19:24:58

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purplewednesday Sat 11-Dec-10 10:21:55

This is always a problem on the wards - no hosp facilities to wash pts clothes, and as said before if they were thrown away the nurses would be accused of stealing them. The best bet is not to take pts own pjs in so he has to use hospital ones. Keep own pjs for when he improves and the laundry isn't an issue.

Hope he gets better soon smile

QueenofWhatever Sat 11-Dec-10 10:46:12

Agree that he needs a continence plan. The dirty PJs are a symptom of the problem and laundry is not the solution. He should not be lying in his own waste (which he inevitably will if he's getting through his PJs so quick) which is clinically Not a Good Thing.

Speak to the ward manager or his named nurse about getting him seen by the continence nurse asap. Virtually all hospitals have them and could stop him staying in hospital for longer than necessary. Is the incontinence permanent or temporary? If its permanent, there needs to be a long-term solution, as at 84 she may well not be able to change him (PJs or pads) at home on her own.

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