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Right Arrow The end for ‘hospital corners’?
15 August 2008 at 13:55

The death-knell of one of the great hospital traditions has been sounded at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust with the introduction of fitted bed sheets. Gone are the carefully folded ‘hospital corners’ and in are new soft, comfortable bedding with no creases, wrinkling or friction and a uniquely designed sheet that reduces pressure on feet and ankles.

This new bedding system greatly enhances patient care and comfort and has many advantages for nursing staff and the laundry. The new linen is called Sleep-Knit and comprises of soft fitted sheets, pillowcases and lightweight thermal blankets. The sheets are made of a blend of cotton and polyester with the bottom sheets having a special weave that means the patient lies on a cotton layer.

The Trust has purchased 8,000 top and 8,000 bottom sheets, 9,000 pillow cases and 5,000 additional blankets.

Emily Hoban, Facilities Manager explained why we have changed from traditional flat sheets, “This is a modern, innovative and practical bedding system which offers improved patient comfort, quicker and less frequent bed changing, improvements to manual handling procedures, reductions in linen usage and significant cost savings for the Trust.

“This new bedding system greatly enhances patient care and comfort and has many advantages for nursing staff and laundry. It doesn’t need ironing or folding like traditional hospital linen, and it comes in bags designed to fit onto a purpose-built trolley. For the patients the sheets are more comfortable, for the nurses bed making is quicker and moving patients is easier and for the Trust it means improved productivity and reduced running costs in the laundry. It really is a winner all round.”

Notes to Editors

This concept although fairly new to the UK originated in North America approximately thirty years ago and has now become fully established throughout mainland Europe and several other countries worldwide. in South East England, South West England, Wales, North West England, North East England, The Midlands and Northern Ireland. To date around 50 Healthcare Trusts totalling 20000 beds in the UK have partly or fully converted to this new system due to the substantial benefits that the system can provide.

Photos show:

Sue Tomlinson (left) with Julie Ryder, both Healthcare Assistants using the fitted sheets on a bed

A bed with all the new linen


For more information about the sheets visit the manufacture’s website at www.mipuk.co.uk.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk