Festive elf delivers daily diabetes messages to hospital staff
The subject of inpatient diabetes care has been given a festive twist after a Christmas elf was introduced to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust staff.
The idea, based on Elf on the Shelf that has become popular among parents with small children, was launched by Philip Newland-Jones, a Consultant Pharmacist in Diabetes and Endocrinology.
The toy was introduced on December 1 and will be circulated around several sites in various different areas and departments, changing location on a daily basis, delivering a key message about the condition aimed at healthcare professionals.
Since she was introduced, Dot the Elf has been found on ward D8, attended a Diabetes Link Nurse team meeting and met with a group of insulin pump users at the local diabetes centre. Her whereabouts is then tweeted by Philip.
To follow Dot’s adventures, follow Philip on Twitter here.