League of Friends donation supports patients with dementia and delirium

Thursday, 9 February 2017

A donation of over £4000 from Southmead Hospital’s League of Friends is helping patients with dementia and delirium, and their families and carers.

For patients coming into the hospital with cognitive impairments, it can be very easy for them to lose track of the day, date and time, and quickly become confused, frightened and agitated. This can have an impact on the patient’s length of stay.

Using funds raised from the café in the hospital’s main Brunel building, the group has funded a range of orientation clocks for each room in the Acute Medical Unit (AMU). The new clocks are clear and bold, and show the date to help patients.

The League of Friends also donated funds to purchase a large cabinet to house a display with information and advice for families and carers of patients with cognitive impairment.

The display houses information which could help prevent future admission to hospital, with advice on topics such as nutrition, hygiene and social aspects. The new display also shows examples of equipment which can help people living with memory issues, who wish to stay at home, and for the people who support them.

Specialist Nurse Practitioner Ruth Jones said: “In a short time we have already had very positive feedback from patients, families and staff as to the value of these simple measures. It would not have been possible without the League of Friends.”

Sandra Stocker, League of Friends Manager, said: “Our volunteers work very hard to raise money and we’re pleased to support requests for equipment from different areas within the hospital."