NHS Tayside’s Oral Health Improvement Team visited ward 4 at Ninewells to help promote oral care for patients.
The team was invited by senior charge nurse Sarah Wiseman to visit the general medicine ward every afternoon for a week. They carried out training sessions for staff, offered products to assist with the oral care of patients, and helped staff assist patients with additional support needs.
Sarah said, “The sessions with the Oral Health Improvement Team proved to be a very valuable learning experience for us all. Oral health is extremely important for patients but is often neglected or practised incorrectly.
“Ward staff gained a great deal of knowledge through practical sessions and informal group discussions. We have three healthcare support workers who are our Oral Health Champions and they have the confidence and knowledge to ensure oral hygiene is delivered consistently and correctly.”
If you would like the team to visit your ward/department please contact oral health co-ordinator Carrie Phillips on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01382 432060/432061