Nurses at Llandudno Hospital are celebrating becoming the first in North Wales to receive national accreditation for their efforts to support patients with dementia.
The hospital, run by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, has been accredited under a charity scheme to recognise organisations and individuals supporting awareness around dementia.
“Everyone has really bought into the vision of improving life for people with dementia”
Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society presented hospital staff with a “working to become dementia friendly” accreditation.
It acknowledges their progress towards becoming a full “dementia friendly hospital”, under the charity’s wider scheme to make organisations from all sectors more supportive of people with the condition.
Hospital staff have carried out a range of activities to help staff, patients and local residents understand more about dementia and how it affects patients and their families.
Efforts from staff at the hospital include meeting with local businesses, schools and community health facilities, like dentists, to help raise awareness about how to help people with dementia.
More than 200 people have also signed up as “dementia friends” through the hospital. As previously reported by Nursing Times, the national scheme provides basic information and understanding on supporting those with dementia.
In addition, Llandudno Hospital also has two full-time dementia support workers helping enhance care provided to patients. Their role includes arranging activities to improve patient wellbeing, as well as providing supplementary care and companionship to those with dementia who are in-patients.
One of the support workers, Rachel Richards, was a winner at the Unison Cymru NHS Awards, having been given the Outstanding Person Award for her tireless work to raise awareness of dementia.
Tina Macphail-Owen, matron for Llandudno Hospital, said: “Our staff have worked so hard on raising awareness about dementia and improving the care we provide, and I’m really proud of what they’ve achieved.
“It’s not just been about doing more here at the hospital. Our team have been out to local dentists, care homes and agencies, met with councillors, and brought schools in to help share advice and awareness about caring for people with dementia,” she said.
“Everyone has really bought into the vision of improving life for people with dementia not just in our hospital, but in Llandudno and the wider Conwy community as well,” she added.
Jo Lane, dementia friendly communities co-ordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “It’s a real pleasure to present the team here at Llandudno Hospital with this award.
“There’s a fantastic action plan in place, both looking at the hospital itself and how to support people outside of care on its wards,” she said.
She added: “It doesn’t just look at how the hospital supports its community, it’s about supporting the staff who work here was well to ensure they are equipped to provide the best care possible.”
North Wales nurses receive charity backing for work on dementia