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

They have been branded as Rainbow Rooms 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.

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.

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