Local hospitals introduce new rainbow rooms for staff wellbeing

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) have recently set up designated spaces for team members who need to emotionally recuperate during their challenging shifts.

Equivalent to the ‘’Wobble Rooms’’ that have been established in other NHS Organisations, they have been rebranded as ‘’Rainbow Rooms’’ here in reference to their colourful decor and the optimistic atmosphere they create.

There are currently four of these locations around the Trust, providing solace for when the pressures of dealing with coronavirus become too much. The rooms give colleagues a crucial opportunity to set aside time for a bit of self-care, which could mean anything from taking a moment to collect themselves, to venting their feelings, or even having a much-needed cry.

Each of the venues are stocked with basics supplies –such as tea, coffee, snacks and toiletries for those colleagues who are showering at work – as well as inspiring messages and uplifting posters. Not only that, but they are also equipped with CD players, diffusers, stress toys and helpful literature that will point those in need towards confidential therapy services.

Speaking about the new facilities, Jayne Collingwood, Head of Leadership and Organisation Development, 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.

‘’Introducing the rainbow rooms is 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. Whether colleagues need to find out more about the support we are offering, a place to let it all out, or are just looking for somewhere to get a bit of peace and quiet, these spaces are open to them.’’

There is now a rainbow room located at each of the Trust’s main sites, including Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital. Still in an early stage, the organisation is considering ways to improve these calming spaces and make them even more beneficial for colleagues.

In addition to the rainbow rooms, the Trust has implemented a number of other resources to support staff wellbeing, including memberships for apps like Headspace, access to a free psychology service, counselling programmes and much more.