Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) has recently launched a new health and wellbeing initiative delivering over 3,000 water bottles to colleagues - with the aim of increasing the levels of hydration amongst nurses, doctors and other NHS professionals.   

The campaign, simply called ‘Hydrate, Feel Great’, was launched in early October and, in just one week, has made a real positive difference to morale across departments throughout the Trust.

Clinicians are getting the hydration they need, which in turn helps the team to maintain focus, benefiting from increased energy levels and boosting productivity. A recent feedback session with members of Team DBTH had highlighted a concern that some colleagues did not have regular access to a drink whilst busy attending to the needs of patients. Acting on this feedback, the Trust’s Health and Wellbeing team arranged for water bottles to be distributed to every member of staff to ensure they always have a drink to hand. Health information was also given to educate on the importance of staying hydrated.

Karen Barnard, Director of People and Organisational Development at the Trust, said: "As an organisation it’s important to ensure our colleagues feel valued. Although such a simple thing, it’s incredibly important that we support our team to stay fit and healthy when at work. So far, we have distributed 3,000 of the water bottles, with more being planned to get to the whole workforce in the next few weeks.”

As an occupational hazard in any active workplace, dehydration can cause fatigue, poor digestion and can also lead to headaches. By drinking water, you are flushing out toxins, promoting weight loss, boosting your immune system and keeping your joints and cartilage lubricated and moving smoothly. Importantly, it is also a lot cheaper than sugary alternatives.

Kirsty Clarke, Associate Director of Nursing at the Trust, said: “We have had a lot of support for the campaign, with many posting selfies on social media, posing with their water bottles along with their teammates. As a nurse, I think this is a fantastic offer for our staff and just a quick signal to show that we care as an organisation.”

The Health and Wellbeing team have recently received recognition for their well respected and valued work, having won a platinum award for their health and wellbeing service within DBTH.