Spire Hull & East Riding Hospital has joined a national campaign to support dementia patients and their relatives.
Spire Hull has become the first private hospital to sign up for John’s Campaign, which focusses on patients who would benefit from the presence of a family member or friend while they were receiving medical treatment.
John’s Campaign was founded after the death of Dr John Gerrard a dementia sufferer who died in hospital, and promotes the need to make it easy for family members to remain with their loved ones while they are in hospital.
The support starts at the pre-assessment stage, when a hospital ‘champion’ will be appointed to the individual patient and their relative or friend.
Ward Sister Jo Broderick, who is leading the campaign at Spire Hull, explained: “Going into hospital is a life-changing event for dementia sufferers. Their surroundings and day-to-day routines are completely changed.
“If there is a family member or close friend at hand then they can bring a sense of normality to the experience. They are also more aware of the patient’s personal needs and can provide reassurance and comforts that even the most dedicated nursing staff can’t provide.
“We have unrestricted visiting hours for all patients so no matter how long the relative wants to stay with the patient we will do our utmost to make that possible including providing sleeping accommodation if they want to stay overnight.”
John’s Campaign hospital champions Senior ward sister Joanna Broderick, Claire Stockton, Shaun Millson and Nicky Anson