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Salisbury Hospital ward changes will help make environment dementia-friendly

By jspiteri  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

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Dementia patients on Redlynch Ward at Salisbury Hospital will now have a calmer and more relaxing environment thanks to major changes which have been made to the layout and decoration.

Part of a wider programme to improve general wards over the next few years the work has been done thanks to £800,000 funding from the Department of Health and an additional £250,000 from the Trust’s capital funds.

Changes to Redlynch Ward include: • The refurbishment of bedrooms, day, dining and reception areas. This has involved the use of colour and lighting, non reflective surfaces, artwork and furnishing to help create a calming, homely feel that helps with mood and orientation around the ward • Use of artwork and memorabilia designed to trigger memories and provide visual stimulation • More areas for social interaction away from the bedside. This includes a cinema style area and a nostalgia wall to help promote memory and awareness. • Sound proofing in walls, ceilings and flooring to help reduce noise which will help with relaxation and reduce the potential for stress and anxiety. • Refurbishment of bathrooms with special equipment to help promote independence

Tracey Nutter, Director of Nursing said: “While someone who is admitted to hospital may have dementia, their prime reason for admission could be anything from a broken limb to another unrelated medical condition which will mean that they need to be cared for in general or specialist areas. Over the years we’ve introduced a number of groundbreaking initiatives that help provide additional support for patients with dementia throughout the hospital , but the general ward environment could be improved to provide more calm and sensitive surroundings.”

Ms Nutter added: “Our general wards are 21 years old now and, in that time, we’ve learned so much about how to use interior design to support patient care. The team here have a wealth of experience and used their knowledge, as well as ideas and feedback from patients, carers, staff and other specialists in the field to create a truly outstanding dementia friendly ward which will help support the overall care we provide.”

Pitton Ward is the next ward that will undergo changes.

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