Oasis Dementia Unit, ‘Talk & Tour’ at Rochdale Infirmary

Oasis tour
Oasis Dementia Unit, ‘Talk & Tour’ at Rochdale Infirmary
15 August 2017

On Wednesday 30thth August (2 – 3 pm), The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting a free ‘talk and tour’ of the new Oasis Dementia Unit at Rochdale Infirmary.  The event will be an opportunity for staff, public and our Trust members to enjoy a cup of tea and biscuit and to speak with staff and patients to learn more about the condition and how to cope with it.   

The Oasis Unit is a 10 bed facility which allows the assessment and diagnosis of patients from the Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton borough, with dementia and confusion arriving with acute medical conditions, either through the Urgent Care Centre, the Clinical Assessment Unit (CAU) or through direct GP referral.

It offers patients who present or who are referred to the hospital with a safe and suitable purpose-built environment to support recovery, as well as access to nursing and mental health staff.

The unit is believed to be the first of its kind in a hospital setting in England. In addition to the beds, the unit boasts its own relaxing lounge area, kitchen and dining area and visiting time is open for relatives and carers.

A patient’s length of stay is usually between five and seven days, depending on their individual needs, as referral and care pathways are designed to meet the needs of each individual patient, providing a better quality of continuing care.

Julie Archibald, Unit Manager said “The Oasis Unit is a bespoke Unit designed especially for patients who are living with dementia. The Unit has an increased staff to patient ratio to support care delivery and utilise a number of reminiscence and distraction therapies to compliment general medical and nursing care.

The service is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. Along with a social worker from Rochdale Council Social Services, the staff have specialist skills in elderly care, dementia and mental health care. 

The tour on Wednesday 30th  August 2017,  is part of the Trust’s series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events and will be held at the Oasis Unit, Rochdale Infirmary, with Julie Archibald, Unit Manager and Sister, Rhiannon Lloyd.

Spaces are limited.  To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email membership@pat.nhs.uk