max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: New measures to help patients with dementia

16:20 27 August 2014

Dementia trainer Maggie Woodhouse and assistant practitioner Joanne Hayward

Dementia trainer Maggie Woodhouse and assistant practitioner Joanne Hayward

Andy Abbott

Being admitted to hospital can be a frightening and disorientating experience for anyone - but for a person with dementia, the difficulty is multiplied.


On top of the reason for the admission, the hospital environment can exasperate the symptoms of dementia.

So at West Suffolk Hospital, which is currently working with the East Anglian Daily Times on the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign, a number of initiatives are being
introduced to make hospital stays better for people with cognitive problems.

The first of these is the ‘This is Me’ leaflet filled in by the patient’s family. Dementia practitioner Maggie Woodhouse, who is at the helm of the new measures, said: “The person may not understand why they are there; they may find the ward busy, loud and unfamiliar.

“‘This is Me’ contains information about the person such as likes, dislikes, family and work
history, which helps the staff to deliver personalised care to the patient.”

The Forget-Me-Not flower is also being displayed above the beds of patients who have been diagnosed with dementia as a symbol to remind the ward staff to adapt their communication and approach, such as allowing more response time. In addition, the hospital is introducing a blue wristband that highlights to staff that the patient has a diagnosis of dementia.

Ms Woodhouse added: “This is particularly useful for staff who may not work directly with the patient such as porters, housekeeping or X-ray staff.

“If you have a relative coming into hospital, either planned or if it is an emergency admittance, please tell the staff on the ward that the person has dementia so we can support the patient with the use of these tools.”



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Fears were raised over the impact the strikes would have on A&E departments.

Strike action by thousands of junior doctors has been suspended so talks can continue, the Government and the British Medical Association (BMA) have announced.

Daniel Compton with daughter Evie

The parents of baby Evie Compton have spoken of their heartache after revealing it is unlikely she will be allowed to fly home to Ipswich for Christmas.

Fire in Braintree. Stock image.

A block of flats in north-east Essex was evacuated after a fire broke out tonight.

Michael Leaberry

Police are appealing for help to find a missing man believed to have links to Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and north Wales.

Matt Bunn joined the Ipswich Round Table's annual Rudolph Run.

The festive lights have been switched on in the middle of Ipswich and – before we know it – Rudolph and Father Christmas will be spreading their magic around town.

Don't feed the ducks this winter

People are being urged not to feed left over bread to the ducks in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24