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.
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.
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.
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
In July of 2016 with the help of Kingston Hospital Charity, the hospital began the first phase of refurbishing one elderly care ward, Derwent to become the hospitals first dementia friendly ward. In November 2016 the refurbishment work was completed and Derwent Ward opened it's doors to patients.
The refurbishment of Blyth Ward is expected to take place during the spring and summer of 2018. Refurbishment of Kennet Ward will be undertaken during 2019.
The Memory Cafe is run in conjunction with Home Instead. They are now back up and running every Tuesday in the activity room on Derwent Ward between 2-4pm. People living with dementia and their carers are welcome and there is support and advice available for carers from our dementia support worker from the Alzheimer’s Society and Kingston carers network.