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Forget-Me-Not dementia campaign launched at local hospital trust

09:00 10/09/2012

Activity Co-ordinator Breda Lakin engaging with a patient with dementiaUHCW NHS Trust is constantly seeking new ways to improve the care for those who are in need of a little extra support and reassurance, especially those with dementia.

To identify these types of patients the Trust has introduced the *Forget-Me-Not Challenge. This challenge involves placing a discreet picture of a Forget-Me-Not flower over the bed of anyone the staff feels may need some extra vigilance, checks, reassurances or assistance. Not having the picture does not mean less care is given; the symbol just helps staff to more easily identify patients who need extra support.

The Forget-Me-Not Challenge was first piloted on Trauma & Orthopaedic wards 52 and 53 at University Hospital, Coventry and was led by Lin Nicholson, Activity Co-ordinator and Ross Palmer, Modern Matron for Trauma and Orthopaedics. Matron Ross Palmer said: “This concept of identifying patients with a discreet picture above their bed was first developed by the University of Stirling. We adapted it to a Forget-Me-Not picture as this is the symbol for dementia care at UHCW.

“The pilot was very successful as it reminded staff that some patients may need extra help eating and drinking or may need repeated reassurances so that they are familiar with the environment. We have received lots of positive feedback from relatives who feel comforted that staff are being made aware that their loved one is confused and so may need extra support in smaller tasks.”

UHCW’s Forget-Me-Not logo, this is the symbol placed above patient beds in the Forget-Me-Not ChallengeThis initiative will be implemented on elderly care ward 40 as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness month in September, which this year is focusing on dementia care.

Additionally, as part of UHCW’s commitment to improve dementia care and to raise awareness, two Dementia Awareness sessions are being held in October for members of the public. These free sessions have been organised to help people learn what dementia is and how to understand it better.

These events will be held on 8th October 2012, between 5pm-6pm in the Lecture Theatre in the Octapus Centre at the Hospital of St Cross, Rugby and 29th October 2012, between 5pm-6pm in the Lecture Theatre in the Clinical Sciences Building at University Hospital, Coventry. They will be led by Clinical Nurse Specialists in Dementia Care, and to book a place please contact Andrea Phillips on telephone number: 02476964747 or via email: andrea.phillips2@uhcw.nhs.uk.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PRESS RELEASE PLEASE CONTACT SARAH CONLON, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER ON 02476 967617.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Picture 1: Activity Co-ordinator Breda Lakin engaging with a patient with dementia

Picture 2: UHCW’s Forget-Me-Not logo, this is the symbol placed above patient beds in the Forget-Me-Not Challenge

UHCW’s Forget-Me-Not campaign aims to improve awareness of dementia amongst the public and all staff. The campaign wants to ensure high-quality care and support is given to patients with dementia and that early diagnosis is made to allow for early intervention.

So far this has included the development of the Forget-Me-Not Lounge and Memory Lane. The Forget- Me- Not lounge on Ward 40 is beautifully decorated in lavender and pastel greens, providing a relaxing, calm environment for patients with dementia and their loved ones, to provide an enhanced healing environment. It was designed for patients with dementia, their relatives, carers or accompanying staff members to come and take time out.

The Memory Lane is a collage of 210 tiles which depict local scenes, family events, the war, the Cathedral and sport by Ward 40, University Hospital. The images that have been used on the tiles are scenes from around Coventry and Warwickshire from the past 100 years.

The Forget-Me-Not Challenge as described in this release is another development of this campaign that has been introduced at UHCW.




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