A new film showcasing how a Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) ward has been renovated to improve the environment for patients with dementia is now available to view on the Trust website.
The four minute piece speaks to the people behind the refurbishment of Ward 26 and focuses on what has been done to improve the quality of care for patients who have dementia. It can be viewed on ww.rbch.nhs.uk/ward26 and features the views of staff working on the ward itself and highlights the patient benefits.
The bays, reception area, facilities and staff offices were transformed over a period of six weeks by staff who attended specialist courses to learn what design changes would make wards safer and less confusing for those with dementia.
Dementia affects a staggering 820,000 people in the UK and last year around 2,600 patients with dementia were treated at RBH.
Ward sister Claire Charville said: “We have had really positive feedback from all of our patients about how clean, bright and spacious the ward is, but the best comments we have had is from two patients who were on the ward before and after the refurbishment and they couldn’t believe the transformation. This makes it all worthwhile.”