Health workers across South Yorkshire are backing a new national campaign launched by a terminally ill doctor.
Staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust have joined the ‘Hello, my name is...’ social media movement.
The campaign has been started by Dr Kate Granger, a consultant who works in elderly care in Leeds, after a hospital stay when she found that many staff did not introduce themselves before delivering care.
The 33-year-old, from West Yorkshire, has made it her mission to get as many members of NHS staff as possible pledging to introduce themselves to their patients.
The campaign has been adopted by hospitals around the country and Dr Granger has spoken to thousands of staff about the importance of introductions.
The campaign – #hellomynameis – has been endorsed by an increasing number of well-known figures including Sir Bob Geldof, Prime Minister David Cameron and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband, Doncaster North MP.
John Reid, director of nursing at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Dr Granger’s story is very inspiring and although doctors, nurses and support staff can be very busy at times, it is important not to forget that just a few words can make all the difference in how someone is provided care.”
“Everyone at the Sheffield Children’s does a fantastic job of delivering high quality care and building a personal rapport with patients and families.
“However, we are always looking to improve the hospital experience for our patients and supporting Dr Granger’s campaign is a perfect way to do this.”
Members of staff in Rotherham have also been posting pictures online of themselves holding up signs with the campaign phrase on, along with peers in more than 80 other NHS organisations.
n To find out more about Dr Granger’s campaign, visit www.hellomynameis.org.uk