New online video shows BBC Dragons’ Den RemPods in action at Rochdale Infirmary

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New online video shows BBC Dragons’ Den RemPods in action at Rochdale Infirmary
20 July 2015

A TOUCHING new video was released at a launch event at Rochdale Infirmary last night, which shows dementia nurses and patients using an innovative new product that started out life as a pitch to the investors on BBC Dragons’ Den.

The short two minute film, which is available on YouTube, gives an insight into how RemPods are being used as part of a new holistic therapy for dementia patients on the Oasis Unit at Rochdale Infirmary.

The RemPods are essentially full size pop up themed canvas backgrounds from yesteryear that come complete with furniture and background sound effects to create an authentic atmosphere. They are fully portable and can be set up in a normal ward environment.

The Trust, through funding from local NHS commissioners, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG, has purchased seven RemPods including a beach pod, pop-up cinema, pop-up pub, vintage store, pop-up dance hall, vintage shed and a 1960s living room. These were unveiled at a themed launch event last night attended by Local Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk and the Mayor of Rochdale Surrinder Biant and Mayoress Cllr Cecile Biant, as well as staff, patients, carers and partner agencies.

Staff from the Oasis Unit, Urgent Care Centre (UCC) and Clinical Assessment Unit (CAU) came dressed in 1940s themed dress and interacted with guests and demonstrated how the pods worked. Local volunteer dancers performed routines from the era.

Food on the night was also themed, with popcorn and mini ice-creams available at the pop-up cinema and old fashioned sweets from the vintage store.

Sr Lou Harkness-Hudson, clinical matron at the Oasis Unit said:

“Staff on the Oasis unit have been using the new RemPods to great effect and they really do encourage interaction between patients and their carers and help patients to feel far more settled and engage in their care and activities.

“We have been using the pods to host fun activities including trips to the beach and pub quizzes in the evenings, all of which provide a great opportunity for patients, their families and friends to re-discover things about their loved ones. Patients have also shown improvement in their psychological wellbeing since we introduced the pods as part of our reminiscence therapy.

“Our short video we’ve created involves our staff and patients on the unit and gives people an idea of how we are using our new RemPods within our specialist ward to assist patients often together with their loved ones as part of this type of unique reminiscence therapy. The film is proving a really powerful way for us to get across how the RemPods are being used to help and benefit patients and their carers. This will really help enhance our service and help improve the wellbeing and quality of life for our patients with dementia who need to stay on the unit. This is a really positive development for the Oasis Unit and for Rochdale Infirmary.”  

MP for Rochdale Simon Danczuk said:

“The dementia time bomb is a massive global health threat and I’m very encouraged to see Rochdale providing such high quality services to support and help people with dementia. We should be proud that we have these services. They really are first class.”

Dr Chris Duffy, local GP and chair of HMR CCG said:

“Our aim is to make sure that everyone within our borough who is living with dementia – including carers and families – lives well. As with all reminiscence therapy, the RemPods serve to reconnect patients with memories that calm them and experiences they can share with those nearest to them.”       

The Oasis Unit opened last year and is a new medical unit developed purely to support patients with dementia from the Rochdale borough. It has five beds and all patients benefit from a ‘dementia friendly’ environment with themed rooms, enhanced nurse staffing ratios and the specialist input of Registered Mental Nurses from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Watch the video on The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVKrCnBXhMo