Leeds health services backs Hello my name is campaign

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NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is joining an ever growing social media movement inspired by a terminally ill doctor from Leeds who is campaigning for compassionate care for patients.

The ‘Hello my name is…’ campaign was spearheaded by Dr Kate Granger, a specialist registrar, who works at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, to improve the patient experience in the UK and across the world.

The 33-year-old who has terminal cancer became frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was in hospital.

Her campaign on Twitter is inspiring nurses, doctors, therapists, receptionists, porters, domestics and more to say ‘Hello my name is…’.

Dr Granger said: “I’m happy to see NHS Leeds West CCG supporting ‘Hello my name is…’ campaign.

“With more NHS organisations getting involved there will be a clear path towards compassionate care across the country.”

The campaign, which aims to connect staff and patients as humans, has already been backed by celebrities including Bob Geldoff, the Countess of Wessex and Drew Barrymore.

Diane Hampshire, Director of Nursing and Quality at NHS Leeds West CCG, said it was important to sign up to the campaign principals.

“We are delighted to support this campaign, which highlights the importance of treating patients as people.

“Kate’s story clearly shows how a simple gesture and introduction can have such a positive impact on a patient’s experience of care.

“I will be proudly wearing my ‘Hello my name is…’ badge and hope others will do the same.”

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