Peterborough (Progress Health) PLC teamed up with the service providers; Brookfield Multiplex, Medirest and Asteral to liaise with Alison Gray, Dementia Specialist Nurse and identify ways they could improve the hospital environment for patients with dementia.
Every year, Progress Health works with the Trust and supports a different cause to benefit patients. A number of changes have been made; including the introduction of new blue crockery, new dementia friendly signs on five inpatient wards and trust-wide plain curtains have been installed as well as three cubicles in the Emergency Department are to be painted in calming colours. Memory lane pictures have been displayed in two ward areas.
Research has shown that patients living with dementia find hospital environments less confusing when there are clear directions on signs that support way finding and navigation. Plain coloured curtains and environments rather than patterned provide a safe environment.
Alison said: “We are very grateful for the generous contribution from Progress Health who donated £2,480. We are passionate about supporting our patients living with dementia in any way that we can, from changes to the ward environment to providing regular training for staff and developing Trust-wide Dementia Champions.
During National Dementia Awareness week (16-20 May) there will be an information stand in the main atrium at Peterborough City Hospital. There will also be a cake sale on Friday 20 May to raise funds to continue the trust dementia friendly improvements.
Notes to editors
- Progress Health donated £2,000
- Brookfield Multiplex donated £478 from their Christmas raffle
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