There are currently 850,000 people diagnosed with dementia in the United Kingdom. Every day in an acute hospital approximately 60% of inpatients will be living with dementia, delirium and/or confusion.
At the Royal Surrey, we have a skilled multidisciplinary team who aim to improve the care and experience for both patients and carers. We are working alongside Surrey County Council and other statutory and voluntary organisations to create a dementia friendly surrey.
The Royal Surrey County Hospital has committed to transforming the lives of people living with dementia and their carers by joining the Dementia Action Alliance.
The Royal Surrey County Hospital has worked with the Alzheimer’s society and specialists in learning disabilities to develop the This is me, My care passport. This document is pivotal in providing invaluable information about a person which will enable all staff to provide care that is compassionate and person centered.
The document can be used when caring for patients with a variety of conditions. A few examples are stroke, dementia, delirium and learning difficulties. The This is me, My care passport can be found in all ward areas, or can be accessed here.
There are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it is estimated that 60% of all patients admitted to the acute hospital have dementia, delirium or confusion.
The prospect of staying or visiting a busy acute hospital can be a daunting, traumatic and an anxious time for not only the person with dementia but also their carers. The dementia forget-me-not fund was established in 2012 and is a trust fund within the Royal Surrey County Hospital registered charity.
The money donated to the dementia forget-me-not fund is used to buy a variety of resources including items for memory boxes and games and activities that staff and volunteers can use with patients to help pass time, stimulate and encourage conversation.
These extra resources are invaluable as they not only enhance both the patients and their carers experience during their stay in hospital but also reduce incidence of falls and occurrence of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.