Hospitals are wrong to ban flowers says research

Beloved Flower Lover,

Researchers suggests hospital staff are insensitive to ban flowers on hospital wards as they find no evidence to suggest they spread infection. In fact, it seems that hospitals are being quite extreme in banning flowers says researchers from Imperial college, London.

Wow we said as we came across this interesting article that said that, hospitals that ban flowers in an effort to bring to an end to infections dispersal are really slowing patients’ recuperation, researchers have established.

Researchers, say visitors bringing bouquets to wards do not encourage the spread of germs and lend a hand in the speed of a patient’s restoration to health.
In fact, the principal danger posed by flowers could be nurses’ annoyance at having to change the water.

A rising number of hospitals have introduced ‘no flower’ policies, with Southend University Hospital bringing in a blanket ban this summer in the face of protests.
Bosses said patients were in favour because of the possible health and safety risk to bedside electrical life support equipment as well as fears over the proliferate of germs.
But research in the British Medical Journal says the risks have been overplayed.

There is no evidence of an occurrence of infection in a hospital being traced to bacteria found in flower water, according to Giskin Day and Naiome Carter from Imperial College London.

Vases might tip over, they acknowledge, but the risk is no greater than that posed by crockery containing food and drink.
The researchers say studies show flowers have instantaneous and long-term beneficial effects on emotional reactions, mood and memory.
One trial found that patients in rooms with plants and flowers needed considerably less pain relief after surgery.
They also had lower blood pressure readings, lower rates of pain, anxiety and fatigue and more positive feelings than those who were in flower-less wards.
However, hospitals persist to impose bans on the wards regardless of the lack of any ruling from the Department of Health.

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The study also found evidence of contrasting attitudes to flowers on private and NHS wards, after questioning patients and staff at two London hospitals, the Royal Brompton and the Chelsea & Westminster.
Private nurses appeared much keener on flowers than those from the public sector.
Charge nurse Dermot Richards-Scully at the Royal Brompton said:

‘I hate them [flowers].’
‘My staff don’t have time to change stagnant water, spillage is responsible for slips, trips and falls, and they cause hay fever.’
But sister Susan Bunce, in charge of the Sir Reginald Wilson ward for private patients at the same hospital, welcomes them.
‘Maintaining flowers doesn’t take up any nursing time and they have a positive effect on patients,’ she said.
The BMJ article concluded: ‘Although flowers can undoubtedly be a time-consuming nuisance, the giving and receiving of flowers is a culturally important transaction.’
It recommends bedside lockers be designed to cut the chances of spillage from vases.

As we read the article, we wondered what the agenda was, who are the real experts? how did hospitals really reach their conclusion and what do you think? speaking for some of our clients, its very frustrating for many of our friends and colleagues who want to give flowers in hospital, so what should we do?

We have picked up lots of research that shows how powerful and therapeutic flowers are. Research which is untaken by established universities world wide and so wonder why they are being disregarded and dismissed.

Never the less, many people continue to appreciate flowers and know they are of value.

We would love to hear more from you about the impact of flowers.

Stay lovely,

The Team
The London Flower Lover

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