NHS Forth Valley is supporting a nationwide campaign called ‘Hello my name is’ to ensure that all staff introduce themselves properly to patients and their families.
All too often doctors and nurses become faceless and nameless during a stay of any length in hospital and this move aims to end all of that.
The Scottish Government has provided £40,000 of funding to allow Scottish Health boards to really get behind it.
Kaye Adams, whose haulage contractor father, Duncan, is in hospital at present, has given her backing to the move.
She said: “I’ve had personal experience recently with my Dad in hospital and this is very real to me, it’s not just a nice idea. Having a personal connection with staff has immeasurably improved what has been a very difficult experience.
“I think this campaign is something that will make sense on a personal level. It’s not a complex idea. Professional does not have to mean impersonal.
The initiative is intended to be a friendly reminder to all NHS staff that they need to introduce a personal touch to the care of their patients. The programme was started by Dr Kate Granger, a hospital registrar from Yorkshire who was a cancer patient herself.