A special bus stop is providing dementia patients with a “quiet and safe place” to help prevent them becoming unsettled or anxious, according to Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
The Health Tree Foundation – the official charity for the trust’s Grimsby hospital – has teamed up with Stagecoach East Midlands on the initiative.
“It is a place for patients to escape the noise of the ward for a few moments”
The bus operator has provided a replica of one of its bus stop, complete with a timetable, while the charity has provided seats and wall art to accompany it.
The stop, which is on the hospitals ward B4, features a real timetable of bus services in North Lincolnshire, three pull down seats and the wall is decorated with trees, flowers and birds.
The aim now is to provide more bus stops across sites run by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole.
Replica bus stop installed by hospital to help dementia patients
Kate Scott, the trust’s acting lead nurse, said: “When dementia patients become confused and agitated they tend to wander and will often look for something which looks familiar. The bus stop is just that.”
David Welburn, dementia clinical nurse specialist at Grimsby hospital, said: “It is a place for patients to escape the noise of the ward for a few moments and where they can sit and talk in a quiet environment with other patients or their families.”
Michelle Hargreaves, managing director of Stagecoach East Midlands, added: “We are delighted that the NHS approached us to provide even more replica bus stops to help people living with dementia.
“We look forward to working with the charity to provide even more,” she said.