Bigger smiles than normal were seen on both residents and staffs faces at Middleton Hall this June. Staff at Middleton Hall have been working on a number of health initiatives with local hospital trusts and organisations to help promote good practice and better awareness.
Earlier this year, staff were involved in a series of training sessions delivered by the County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust Oral Health Team. The Trust was very impressed by the positive work that Middleton Hall had undertaken in this area. As part of National Smile Month, the Middleton Hall nurses hosted an Oral Health Event for all residents and staff to attend to discuss good oral health and to provide an array of useful literature.
Attractive displays were put up and specially designed T shirts were worn by the team to help promote the message. They were pleased to welcome lots of visitors who took away valuable practical tips plus a goodie bag including a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Initial assessments for all residents will be offered this month and from July all new residents to Middleton Hall will also be offered an assessment and their welcome pack will include a new toothbrush.
Jackie Cardus, Nursing Manager at Middleton Hall who has led this project was delighted to accept the ‘Golden Smile Award’ on behalf of Middleton Hall from Danielle Wright, part of the Oral Health Promotion team at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
Jackie commented, “This Oral Health project has been really successful as it has increased the knowledge of staff in this important area raising awareness of the importance of good Oral Health and the small steps to take in order to improve it. We are looking forward to promoting other health awareness campaigns throughout the year.”