Major changes have been made to the layout and decoration on Pitton Ward that will provide more calm and relaxing surroundings for patients and help with their care and wellbeing while in hospital.
Improvements to Pitton Ward follow changes made to Redlynch Ward earlier in the year, as part of a programme to make general wards at Salisbury District Hospital more comfortable and stimulating for patients. This includes those with dementia who are admitted to hospital for other medical reasons.
Fiona Hyett, Deputy Director of Nursing said: “While we have dedicated wards for our older patients, their prime reason for admission could be anything from a broken limb to another unrelated medical condition which will mean that they need to be cared for in general or specialist areas. “
“Over the years we’ve introduced a number of groundbreaking initiatives that help provide additional support for patients with dementia throughout the hospital. The general ward environment could be improved to provide more calm and sensitive surroundings. While this would be good for all patients, it would be a particular benefit for people who have dementia.”
“As part of the changes we’ve refurbished bedrooms, day, dining and reception areas using a range of internal design features to create a calming, homely feel that helps with mood and orientation around the ward. We also have more areas for social interaction and stimulation away from the bedside. These aspects are particularly important to this vulnerable group of patients and their ability to return to their own home or move back to other community settings.”
The aim is that over the next few years other wards will be improved as part of this programme of change.
For further information please contact:
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01722 425170