A new hospital-based Admiral nurse service has been launched in South Cheshire, which will provide families affected by dementia with specialist nursing support.
It comprises a newly-created post and an existing hospital post that has been converted to Admiral status, according to a spokeswoman from the charity behind the service.
As a result, it will see Admiral nurse Sheridan Coker joining Mid Cheshire Hospital’s dementia lead and Admiral nurse Anna Chadwick, who is based at Leighton Hospital in Crewe.
“We have no doubt that it will have a positive impact on local families affected by the condition”
Their aim will be to provide specialist support for people with dementia and their families during the hospital stay and afterwards by providing community outreach to families.
They will also share their specialist knowledge and skills with staff in the hospital to improve the care that people with dementia receive.
Ms Coker’s appointment has been funded by a partnership between Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Leighton Hospital, and Dementia UK, the national charity that runs Admiral nursing, and the Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity Trust.
Ms Coker said: “We will be working hand-in-hand with families and providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to help them better understand dementia and its effects.
“We’ll also be working closely with other healthcare professionals so that families get the right support at the right time,” she said.
“By all working together, we can help to prevent hospital admissions or, where there has already been an admission, help to get people out of hospital quicker,” said Ms Coker.
“We are very pleased to be part of this new service and have no doubt that it will have a positive impact on local families affected by the condition,” she added.
First hospital-based Admiral nurse service launches in Cheshire