Bassetlaw hospital creates 'rainbow rooms' to help staff's emotional health as COVID-19 takes its toll

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals have introduced new ‘rainbow rooms’ to give staff somewhere to emotionally recuperate during their challenging shifts.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 10:47 am
Updated Friday, 1st May 2020, 12:15 pm

Similar to the ‘wobble rooms’’ that have been established in other NHS organisations, the spaces have been renamed locally in reference to their colourful decor.

The rooms give staff opportunity to take a moment to collect themselves, focus on other activities, or vent their feelings.

Jayne Collingwood, head of leadership and organisation development at DBTH, said: “The health and wellbeing of our colleagues has always been a top priority for the trust, but given the current circumstances, we know that it’s an area that needs even more attention than usual.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals has set up designated spaces for team members who need to emotionally recuperate during their challenging shifts.

“The rainbow rooms are just a small part of our overhauled provision, one that will hopefully go a long way. We want our team to know that it is okay to be anxious , upset or overwhelmed in this stressful period and that we are behind them every step of the way.”

The rooms, which can be found at each of the trust’s main sites, are stocked with basics supplies –such as tea, coffee, snacks and toiletries for those colleagues who are showering at work.

They are also equipped with CD players, diffusers, stress toys and helpful literature.

The trust h as also implemented a number of other resources to support staff wellbeing, including memberships for apps like Headspace, access to a free psychology service and counselling programmes.