Extra care planned for dementia patients

Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Plans to create a dementia-friendly care environment at Doncaster hospitals are being unveiled today.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is holding an event today from 5pm to 7pm in the Education Centre in the main block at DRI, Armthorpe Road, to seek feedback, ideas and suggestions on its draft strategy for improving the clinical care and hospital experience of people with dementia.

One in four hospital patients is thought to have some level of dementia and, with an ageing population, the number is set to increase in coming years.

But the unfamiliar faces, noises and surroundings on a busy hospital ward can cause anxiety to people with dementia, especially when they may already be feeling vulnerable because they are physically unwell.

That’s why the health trust that runs DRI and Montagu Hospital is developing a strategy to make its hospitals dementia-friendly.

The plans include additional training to give staff a better understanding of how they can communicate with and support people with dementia and wards will also be refurbished to be dementia-friendly.