Question please - nurse station whiteboard colours

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In a hospital , on the patients electronic ward/bed whiteboard at nurses station.   I noticed all the patients names, it showed the patients name , room number and some names were lit up in different colours, red , yellow and green. These colours would change and had initials at end ,  for example  Name...Mrs Blogg , Room 4  (lit in coloured box, say green)  then for some reason it would maybe change to red or yellow with 3 letters at end.

My sisters name was on this board,  i noticed her name was in red to  begin with then the same day after a few hours it changed to yellow with 3 letters at end of her name ELM or ELO 

If anyone can help and maybe tell me what this is and means i would like to know thanks. 

  • Hi ,

    This is just a quick message to let you know that I have moved your question over to our Ask a Nurse forum. This way, one of our qualified Cancer Information Nurse Specialists will see your question, and will aim to provide you with a knowledgeable answer as soon as they can.

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  • Good afternoon Mc1964,

    Thank you for getting in touch and welcome to our online community, I hope you find it supportive. My name is Helen and I am one of the Cancer Information Nurse Specialists on the Macmillan Support Line.

    I’m sorry to read about your sister.

    As a support line service, we are always happy to support with generalised cancer information, signposting to services and for emotional support.

    As we haven’t access to NHS medical records and individual patient information in hospitals, the best people to ask about the whiteboard information are the nursing staff on the ward.


    I hope this information is helpful but if you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.


    Best wishes,


    Helen, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 

    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or email us. 


  • Thank you Mathew , sorry i am new here. Thanks for help

  • Hello Helen thank you for replying and help. 

    While we are chatting Helen , i would like to mention that myself and my sister met one of your nurses that came to sisters hospital room for chat during 2 weeks with sister , and was such a lovely person inside. You all do an amazing job and i intend to do the next "Run for life" in memory of sister. 

    Bless you Helen and everyone of Macmillan nurses and staff.  

  • Good afternoon Mc1964,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely feedback. Your words are very kind. Wishing you all the best and good luck with your fundraiser!