Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Aberdeen medic leads campaign highlighting dangers of fatigue for NHS workers

Post Thumbnail

An Aberdeen anaesthetist is leading a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers fatigue can pose to health workers.

Dr Kathleen Ferguson, a consultant at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the president of the Association of Anaesthetists, is one of the driving forces behind the Fight Fatigue initiative.

She said: “We want to change attitudes across the NHS to ensure everyone understands the risks of fatigue and how to mitigate against them.

“We hope that by taking responsibility collectively for making changes to working practice, we can improve working conditions for all staff which will in turn benefit patient care.”

The campaign was started by the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine after the death of trainee anaesthetist who was driving home tired after a night shift.

A national survey since found 84% of anaesthetic trainees had felt too tired to drive home safely after a night shift.

Aberdeen Donside MSP, Mark McDonald, last night offered the campaign his support.

He said: “This is a really important campaign, the NHS is keen to advise other employers on ensuring their workforce lead healthy working lives, but the evidence we have heard from the frontline suggests they are falling short when it comes to their own employees.

“Fatigue can be deadly for health professionals, and for patients, and it is so important that the NHS takes heed of the campaign and takes meaningful action to protect our frontline health service workers.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in