Stevenage’s Lister Hospital uses Baywatch to help keep dementia patients safe

Baywatch is coming to Stevenage's Lister Hospital.

Baywatch is coming to Stevenage's Lister Hospital. - Credit: Archant

Baywatch has been introduced at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital in a bid to help keep dementia patients safe.

No, the NHS has not recruited David Hasselhoff and a cohort of buff Californian lifeguards to provide patient care.

‘Baywatch’ actually ensures a nurse stays in a bay to support patient safety and can only leave once their yellow and red lanyard – colours synonymous with the 1990s TV show – has been passed to someone else.

It is a system now used by the enhanced care team, which cares for patients with conditions like dementia.

In the East and North Herts NHS Trust’s July board papers it says: “Through this initiative and daily patient reviews, improved conversations and learning is taking place to ensure patients are managed with the least restrictive method of care and patient safety is improved.”