New Dementia friendly ward at Fairfield opens its doors to the public - 22 May

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New Dementia friendly ward at Fairfield opens its doors to the public - 22 May
13 May 2014

A new dementia friendly ward (Ward 21) at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury is opening its doors and inviting the public to a free exclusive tour on Thursday 22nd May, at 1.30 pm.

The new 23-bedded medical ward has been specially designed to create a dementia friendly environment to care for those suffering with the debilitating disease. 

Ward manager, Sr Judith Maden, said: “It has been estimated that 25% of patients accessing acute hospital services have dementia, although many are undiagnosed. This number is expected to double within the next thirty years. It is widely recognised that a hospital stay can have a detrimental effect on patients with dementia and can be distressing. The environment in which we care for patients with dementia can make a huge difference and we have invested resources with the aim of making the ward less alienating for people with cognitive problems.”

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Fairfield General Hospital, has invested £35,000 on Ward 21 creating a dementia friendly environment with lighting, floor coverings, art work and signage.

Judith continued: “There is a relaxation room on the ward with soft furnishings, artwork, soft lighting and a music system where patients can go to get away from their bed area and it is envisaged that both staff and volunteers can be utilised to support patients with activities as the ward develops.

“The artwork used has been focussed on local landmarks and scenery such as Holcombe Hill the famous Sir Robert Peel statue and it is perceived that patients will recognise and relate to the images that have been used.

“Colour schemes have been used so that all toilets/showers are colour coded to enable patients to easily recognise where the toilets are, and bays in which patients are nursed are also colour coded with a visual cue and a name (flower) on the door so patients can remember which colour/image/name bay they are nursed in.”

Research has shown that changes to the environment in which dementia patients are treated can have a positive impact on falls, aggressive behaviours and staff morale, with an overall improvement in the quality and outcomes of patient care.

The tour is part of our ‘Medicine for Members’ events which are free and  held regularly at our four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and the Trust’s public FT members the opportunity to learn more about the services at the Trust.   So far, more than 11,200 people have signed up to become members.

To book your place on the tour contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email

PICTURED:  back row, left to right: Staff nurse Paul Crocker, Sister Mel Riordan and staff nurse Louise Worthington.  Front: Ward manager Judith Maden.