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Hospital creates dementia friendly ward

11 October 2013

Staff at York Hospital gathered to celebrate the re-opening of ward 37 which cares for older adults with both physical and mental health needs. The ward has recently undergone refurbishment to make it more dementia friendly as a large number of patients on the ward have a diagnosis of dementia.

The work has included new flooring, repainting, changes to fixtures and fittings and new art work. The aim was to improve way finding for patients with dementia and confusion and also to provide a more stimulating environment with pictures, colours, and graphics.

Deputy directorate manager for elderly services, Sue Hendry, said: “The design of the environment for  patients with dementia is particularly important. They can find the experience of being in hospital very confusing and even frightening so it’s fantastic to be able to provide extra stimulation to engage the patients and to create a talking point for patients and visitors.

“We are extremely grateful to all those who have raised funds to help us create a more welcoming and calming environment on ward 37and improve the quality of the experience for patients.”

For further information contact Elaine Vinter, communications officer, on 01904 721592 or 

15 October 2013

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