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Stressbusters move in to hospital

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

HEAVY workloads are leaving staff feeling overstretched at Ipswich Hospital, a new survey has revealed.

The staff opinion survey has prompted a new stress policy to be introduced at the hospital, which employs 3,500 staff.

HEAVY workloads are leaving staff feeling overstretched at Ipswich Hospital, a new survey has revealed.

The staff opinion survey has prompted a new stress policy to be introduced at the hospital, which employs 3,500 staff.

A stress working group has also been set up and special training and events are being organised, which kick off tomorrow.

A Chill Out Day to mark national Stress Awareness Day, will see workshops by a stress management consultant, healing via energy lines, relaxation exercises and aromatherapy, Indian head massage and other therapies.

Head of personnel Amanda Lyes said after the survey highlighted that staff felt overstretched, immediate action was taken to address the problem.

She said: "We've set up a stress working group and are developing a stress policy as well as planning specific training programmes.

"It's part of our overall campaign to improve the working lives of our staff and help them to have a healthy work/life balance.

"Staff at the trust work very hard, sometimes in really difficult circumstances and whilst a certain level of stress may be inevitable, excessive or prolonged stress can lead to illness and high absenteeism."

She added: "What's important for us, is to safeguard the health of our staff and this includes psychological as well as physical health, and we hope the Chill Out day will be informative as well as enjoyable."

Nationally, 6.5million working days are lost in Britain due to stress-related illness, with a cost to employers of around £370m, according to the Health and safety Executive.

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