[A version of this abstract appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 9, April 2011].
This NHS Local web page pays tribute to how the New Cross Hospital (part of the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust) has made extraordinary efforts to care for people who are in hospital and who also have dementia by creating a special ward and introducing an improved approach of looking after them.
The way of caring for people, known as the Dementia Care Bundle, was devised through consultation between New Cross Hospital / RWHT and Professor Dawn Brooker at the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester. This care bundle focuses on:
- Food (Nutrition / Hydration).
- Safe Environment.
The determined application of standards in these areas to all patients with dementia has been shown to yield positive results both within and outside the hospital.
Dr Daryl Leung, Clinical Lead for the New Cross Hospital Dementia Project, said:
“We know that leaving these patients in a strange and unhelpful environment precipitates further decline, so the sooner you can get these patients back into their own environment, the better”.
An outreach programme and an ambitious training project for staff is underway at the Trust, ensuring this enhanced approach to working with these patients can be applied on other wards.
This page includes a “must see” 6 minute NHS Local video, with guest appearances by the hospital staff, carers, patients and relatives. The commentary in this video includes personal appearances (in alphabetical order) by:
- Matron Karen Bowley, Physical Illness and Dementia Ward (RWHT).
- Professor Dawn Brooker, from Worcester University’s Department of Dementia Studies.
- Dr Daryl Leung, Clinical Director, Care of the Elderly (RWHT).
- David Loughton CBE, Chief Executive (RWHT).
- Pauline Smith, Dementia and End of Life Clinical Lead (NHS West Midlands).