The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP was met by Chief Executive, Tim Smart and Director of Nursing, Dr Geraldine Walters, who showed Mr Hunt to the Marjory Warren ward.
He was escorted around the ward’s sensory walk by ward manager, Yamu Njie, Dementia Nurse Specialist, Emma Ouldred and the rest of the team and saw first-hand the ethos and key features that make the ward a safe, comfortable and calming environment for patients.
During his visit, Mr Hunt spoke to patients, relatives and staff about the changes to the ward and the special facilities it provides. These include a state-of-the-art sensory room with atomisers, sound and visual equipment, special non-slip flooring to reduce falls and mood lighting to promote calm and relaxation. The ward also includes clearer signage, improved orientation, and a space free of clutter – this makes a huge difference to frightened and confused people with dementia.
Mr Hunt made his visit in advance of an announcement made later in Parliament, where he launched a new NHS mandate to extend the lives of citizens. The mandate will form part of a formal contract between the Government and the health service.