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Hospital Invests More Money Into Caring For Dementia Patients

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11:31am 18th September 2013

Changes are being made to improve care for dementia patients at Dorset County Hospital.

Staff on the Barnes Ward say patients can find their surroundings confusing and distressing so planned changes will really help.

800,000 people are affected by the condition in the UK.

The renovations include better signage, hand rails and the complete removal of the nurses' station as well as the creation of a special room for patients called "Memory Lane". Often patients' memories from the past are much clearer so spending time in the familiar environment of the "Memory Lane" room is reassuring for them.

It's all been made possible by a £50,000 donation from the Dorset County Hospitals Friends group.

Healthcare Assistant Samantha Watt, who runs the Memory Lane Room, said she and her colleagues were extremely grateful for the Friends' funding: "These improvements will make such a huge difference to patients.
 
"The nurses' station can be intimidating and confusing for patients so removing that will make a big impact and we are going to make it much easier for patients to identify the different areas of the ward. We'll also be able to refresh the Memory Lane room which is fantastic. We can't thank the Friends enough."
 
Friends Chairman John Weir said they were delighted to be able to fund these improvements: "We do feel that dementia is an underfunded area generally and there's a growing need. The Barnes Ward team have already done a great deal for patients and we are really pleased to help them further improve the care and support for elderly people coming into hospital."

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