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HCA’s photo idea helps dementia patients reminisce

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Dementia patients in Plymouth hospital ward are being cheered by old photographs, thanks to the initiative of a healthcare assistant.

Around 20 historic photos of old Plymouth have been hung in Derriford Hospital’s Sharp Ward.

The images have been donated by Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, after HCA Sandra Spencer approached them about contributing to a memory box for the dementia patients.

She said: “I would like to thank the museum on behalf of all of the staff on Sharp Ward. These photographs will definitely enhance the patients’ stay in hospital.

“Since we have put the photos up throughout the ward, patients and visitors have really enjoyed looking at them,” she said.

Local councillor Ian Tuffin, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said it was great that the pictures were “being put to such good use”.

“We deliver a variety of services for people living with dementia and were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Sandra and Sharp Ward on this,” he said.

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  • Another wonderful idea.
    These can also be digitised and shown on wipeable tablets along with family photos that patients can use to describe their life + events to staff and relatives.
    Prior to discharge, a memory picture book can be emailed to a named relative / downloaded onto a memory stick (which are pretty cheap now + much better than burning it onto CD).

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  • Brilliant idea Sandra - well done.

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