16 December 2011 -
King’s College Hospital has become the first hospital in London to completely transform one of its older people wards into a unique, sensory environment.
The ward – named after British geriatrician Dr Marjory Warren – has undergone a £265,000 refurbishment, thanks to donations from the King’s Fund, the hospital’s Friends of King's, as well as the hospital.
The ward was formally opened on Thursday 15 December, and boasts mood lighting to help patients relax and reduce agitation as well as non-slip wood effect flooring.
It also has new signage to make it easier for patients to find their way around the ward, as well as artwork showing a full London skyline to help trigger memory. There are also memory boxes along the ward corridor to help spark conversation among patients and their carers.
Dementia affects more than 68,000 people in London alone, with symptoms including loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.
Emma Ouldred, Dementia Nurse Specialist at King’s, said “The new ward is already providing a friendlier and more relaxing environment for patients with dementia, and their relatives. I am so pleased that we have been able to enhance the environment for this vulnerable group of patients, to ensure they have meaningful and appropriate activity and stimulation.”
Dr Catherine Bryant, Consultant Physician on Marjory Warren ward added: “I am sure the new ward will provide a rewarding environment for staff and a truly caring environment for patients.”
The ward also has a mural, designed and produced by Dulwich Picture Gallery, with the help of King’s staff, patients and their carers.