DON'T panic, a giant Pac Man has not just eaten a health worker – this is a new EnergyPod designed for staff to grab a quick nap.

Poole Hospital's anaesthetic department has received the new pod, which plays gentle sleep music, so they can take much-needed breaks between working on call and night shifts.

Rachel Haden, consultant anaesthetist, said: "During a stressful and challenging year, well-being of NHS staff has been vitally important.

"This generous donation has enabled the anaesthetic department to purchase an EnergyPod, giving us a much-needed quiet space to de-stress and rest after long shifts or if feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

"It will be an amazing resource for years to come."

Rachel identified the need for the pod within the department following the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ Fight Fatigue campaign, which raises awareness and promotes the benefits of staff being able to take a nap break during long shifts while on call.

Funding for the pod was secured by LV (Liverpool Victoria) along with community support for University Hospitals Dorset (UHD) NHS Charity’s, Heroes Fund.

Samantha Lowman, senior brand executive at LV life and pensions, said: “We’re proud to have made the donation for the EnergyPod at Poole Hospital.

“We understand the invaluable difference this will make in allowing the anaesthetic team to take comfortable breaks when working long night shifts.”

The EnergyPod will be in the anaesthetic department’s staff wellbeing space.

Sara Fripp, UHD Charity fundraising manager, said: “We are grateful for the funding received from LV.

“As a trust we know the importance of staff wellbeing especially in these challenging times.

"The EnergyPod will greatly support anaesthetic staff with their health and wellbeing."

EnergyPods have been developed around the principle that a 20-minute nap is beneficial for well-being and productivity.

The zero-gravity position, specially composed sleep music, gentle wake sequence of programmed lights and vibrations are all features which allow staff to take a relaxing break.