[This article first appeared as part of a feature in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter RWHT Volume 1 Issue 7 February 2011].
Grace Hampson, Project Manager of the New Cross Hospital Dementia Project, introduces ground-breaking work to support people who come into hospital for physical reasons and who also have dementia.
New approaches to treating people who happen to have dementia (as well as other health issues) are being developed at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital. The West Midlands Strategic Health Authority commissioned the project at New Cross Hospital, at a cost of £480,000, to be the test site for a two-year project.
This collaborative project involves multiple organisations including Wolverhampton Primary Care Trust, Wolverhampton City Council and Wolverhampton Social Services.
“As well as the problem of providing poor quality of care, the lack of provision for people with dementia was not cost-effective,” says Grace.
“It is estimated that with better care for people with dementia, an average hospital could save £6million a year.”
The project began in July 2009 and will be evaluated robustly by independent specialists in July 2011. It is hoped that the findings will be of interest widely, with solutions being shared throughout the West Midlands, nationally and possibly internationally.