NEW services for dementia patients are being piloted at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Jointly run with the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), the new services see two specialist dementia nurses based on medical and surgical wards at the hospital five days per week.
CWP consultant psychiatrist and medical director Dr Anushta Sivananthan said: “By working in partnership with the Countess, this new and innovative pilot will help improve the care and outcomes for patients with dementia.
“The new service, delivered in line with the national dementia strategy, places importance on good quality hospital care for patients with dementia.
“Our specialist nurses will help identify patients with dementia and will provide advice and support to carers. They will also work with doctors, nurses and therapists to facilitate discharge and where required ensure support once back at home.”
The new service builds upon a CWP initiative currently in place with the Countess, which has resulted in patients with dementia spending less time in hospital with more support once discharged home.
The hospital’s head of nursing Sian Williams said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer this joint service with CWP. This supports a wider initiative within the Countess to continue to improve the care of patients with dementia in our acute hospital setting.
“We look forward to adding to our recent improvements which have included a volunteer recruitment drive to provide activities and support for patients with dementia and this also builds upon the good work we are doing with the Alzheimer’s Society.”