Kingston and Richmond have one of the highest life expectancies in England and, as a result, nearly half of our patients over 75 have dementia - double the national average.
We are now completely rethinking the way that we care for patients with dementia and have been working closely with patients, families, carers, staff, health and social care providers and the voluntary sector to develop the first ever Dementia Strategy for Kingston Hospital.
Patients with dementia often have complex and multiple needs and being in Hospital can be very unsettling and, for some, a frightening experience.
How we support patients with dementia
Kingston Hospital has a 'Forget-Me-Not' scheme and all inpatients have a forget me not flower symbol above their beds and on the ward patient information board.
All patients who come into A&E with dementia are given a blue bracelet to wear in ensure they are easily recognisable to A&E staff.
There are now more than 70 dementia champions across the organisation and include clinical and non-clinical staff. The champions all wear a lapel badge.
A Dementia and Delirium Team, which includes carers' representatives, are meeting regularly and lead on the work to improve dementia care.
Providing additional assistance at mealtimes through our volunteer dining companion scheme.
Training staff across the organisation on caring for patients with dementia.
Adapted our Friends and Family Test to identify patients with dementia and their carers. We will be using the feedback to make changes to the care and services we provide.
Dementia conference Sept 2013
In January 2014 the Board agreed the first ever Dementia Strategy for Kingston Hospital. The Strategy has five priorities with a programme of work underpinning them:
You can read the full strategy here.
To read our carers policy please click here