Dementia Care in the Acute General Hospital: Revisited (Journal of Dementia Care)


This article summarises the range of interventions involved in improving care for people with dementia at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. Key components of the New Cross Hospital Dementia Project comprise:

  1. A specialist dementia acute medical ward (currently called the Dementia and Physical Illness Ward).
  2. Developing a “care bundle” approach; including multiple components, including an “About me” document.
  3. Establishing a volunteer training scheme.
  4. Forming a Dementia Outreach Team.
  5. Running a dementia training programme.

The project’s effectiveness, as evaluated by the University of Worcester, is discussed. Six brief case studies are used to exemplify important approaches to care which have featured prominently as distinguishing features of the project:

  1. The reduction of avoidable patient distress.
  2. The identification of underlying causes (of agitation, disturbed behaviour etc.).
  3. Pain assessment and pain management.
  4. Preparation for the end of life.
  5. Checks / scrutiny of medication.
  6. Facilitation of eating and drinking, with a focus on nutrition and hydration.

Full Text Link


Thomas, P. Ward, E. and Leung, D. (2013). Dementia in the acute general hospital: time for change. The Journal of Dementia Care, September / October 2013, Vol.21(5), pp.20-22.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].

[A further exploration of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 10, September 2013].

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Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
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