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Red dignity pegs to maintain patients' privacy

Posted on Wednesday 5th February 2014

Staff in North Cumbria’s hospitals are re-launching the ‘red dignity peg’ campaign in conjunction with Dignity Action Day on Saturday 1 February 2014.

The campaign reminds staff in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven how important it is to maintain patients’ dignity and privacy whilst in our care.

The pegs are intended to maintain patients’ privacy and dignity by ensuring that curtains and screens are closed properly with the use of a red peg, leaving no gaps for other patients or visitors to see through the curtains. By coupling the re-launch with Dignity Action Day, it is hoped it will be a reminder to all those working with patients to be vigilant and aware when it comes to protecting a patients privacy.

Margaret Rothery, Lead Safeguarding Nurse for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are re-launching the red dignity pegs to not only ensure that curtains are closed properly, but to make staff stop and think about patients dignity before they go through a closed curtain.”

Dignity Action Day is centred on people becoming more aware of others around them and being respectful and maintaining people’s rights to dignity. The day aims to ensure people in care are treated well as individuals and are given choice, control and autonomy in their daily lives. By supporting Dignity Action Day, it is hoped that we can raise awareness of the importance of dignity in care and medical establishments, highlight that everyone in society has a role to play in protecting people’s dignity and remind people to be respectful to others in everyday life.