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Hereford County Hospital doctors trial new sleep pods for power naps

Press release issued – 23 January 2020

Hereford County Hospital doctors trial new sleep pods for power naps

Doctors at Hereford County Hospital are being encouraged to take short power naps following the installation of sleep pods, as part of the national Fight Fatigue campaign.

Wye Valley NHS Trust has pledged their support to the campaign and installed the sleep pods as part of a three-month trial for doctors to take essential power naps as well as providing rooms to sleep in if needed before they drive home, with plans to expand this to all of their shift workers. 

The national Fight Fatigue campaign was launched in 2018 as a joint initiative of the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

Syed Husain, junior doctor at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “It's great to see Wye Valley NHS Trust take the Fight Fatigue campaign seriously. The sleep pod trial is a step in the right direction to provide doctors with improved rest facilities and I look forward to seeing the longer-term plans going forward." 

Sue Smith, director of human resources at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We welcome the installation of the new sleep pods, which have been funded by the NHS and form part of our staff wellbeing plans to improve working conditions and rest areas for doctors and all of our shift workers.  

“We’re encouraging staff to fight fatigue by taking breaks, staying hydrated, eating well, getting extra sleep before a night shift and taking a power nap during their break when working a night shift to improve alertness.”

Association of Anaesthetists president and consultant anaesthetist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Dr Kathleen Ferguson, added: “I’m delighted that Wye Valley NHS Trust is officially supporting our Fight Fatigue campaign and we look forward to working with the Trust to help raise awareness of the issues related to fatigue. We want to change attitudes across the NHS to ensure everyone understands the risks of fatigue and how to mitigate against them.  We hope that by taking responsibility collectively for making changes to working practice, we can improve working conditions for all staff which will in turn benefit patient care.”

Syed Husain, junior doctor at Wye Valley NHS Trust, trying out the new sleep pod.

Sleep Pod 2 




Notes for editors:

For further information please contact: Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, communication and engagement manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928



Amelia Lyons, press officer, Association of Anaesthetists, on: 07989 748 477 or email: press@anaesthetists.org or, Benedetta Sala, policy and press officer, Association of Anaesthetists on: +44 (0) 20 7631 8817 or email press@anaesthetists.org

About the Fight Fatigue campaign

The #FightFatigue campaign is a joint initiative of the Association of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM). Since its launch in 2018, Numerous organisations and MPs have pledged their support. More information about the campaign be found at: www.anaesthetists.org/FightFatigue

The Fight Fatigue campaign was launched in response to the tragic death of a trainee anaesthetist who died whilst driving home tired after a night shift. In addition, a national survey of over 2,000 anaesthetic trainees published in the scientific journal Anaesthesia[1]found: 

  • Nearly three quarters of respondents reported fatigue had a negative effect on their physical health or psychological wellbeing.
  • 84% had felt too tired to drive home safely after a night shift.
  • Less than a third had access to a suitable rest facility.
  • 57% had experienced an accident or near miss when driving home after a night shift.

About the Association of Anaesthetists 

As the professional membership organisation for over 10,000 anaesthetists in the UK, Republic of Ireland and internationally, the Association of Anaesthetists promotes patient care and safety, and advances anaesthesia through education, publications, research and international work. The Association maintains an active programme of support for anaesthesia worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Its motto in somno securitas (‘Safe in Sleep’) encapsulates the major focus of the Association: safety in anaesthesia. www.anaesthetists.org

About the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)

The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK, and ensures the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine. www.rcoa.ac.uk

About the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM)

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine is the professional body responsible for the training, assessment, practice and continuing professional development of Intensive Care Medicine doctors and practitioners in the UK. www.ficm.ac.uk

About Wye Valley NHS Trust 

Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends. With an estimated annual turnover of around £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community. www.wyevalley.nhs.uk


 [1] Anaesthesia: A national survey of the effects of fatigue on trainees in anaesthesia in the UK (Representing 59% of all trainee anaesthetists and 100% of all NHS Trusts) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anae.13965/full


Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk


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