Kettering General Hospital Employee Wins National Award For Pandemic Work!!
By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production draw cognizance to a phenomenal woman Anna Awoliyi, the Chief allied health professional information officer at the Kettering General hospital who recently claimed top spot in the “digital champion” section of the BAME Health and Care Awards 2021. She is recognise due to her phenomenal contribution in supporting virtual visiting for the families of patients during the pandemic. The awards recognizes achievements of staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
With the banned on visiting patients of Covid-19 for more than a year during this pandemic crisis, Anna’s work was invaluable in keeping those in hospital in touch with their loved ones. So she implemented virtual visiting, an electronic system for patients to speak to loved ones over video by using a computer tablet.
According to Anna, she feels so happy to see the impact that this is having on the patients in their care. In a time of Covid this has made a huge difference with their families that are in their care.
“As an organisation, we take a family-centred approach to care. This ensures patients’ wellbeing is looked after”, she said.
Anna continued with his team to improve and develop on the initial software that had been developed.
According to Telegraph, they introduced new features such as a re-book feature, which saves ward staff time from inputting family details for each visit, alongside a button that tells staff when a call has been completed. This enables ward staff to differentiate between patients who have had a virtual visit and those who have not.
Anna said: “We provide the tablet for the patient, which is held on a stand. This means that the patient doesn’t need to hold the device for long periods.
“We looked at the figures around use of the tablets and we found that patients would spend on average 53 minutes on the tablets. This is a long time to hold device. The stands reduce the strain for the patient and have increased take up of this scheme.
Ian Roddis, digital director, said: “We are very proud and inspired by all of the work that Anna has done on the virtual visiting project.
“Anna has been fundamental in virtual visiting being delivered and developed – and it was her passion and enthusiasm that helped get this embedded on the wards at the height of the Covid pandemic.
“This is a great example of how a digital solution can help to aid and support our patients and their families during these difficult times.”