New sensory ward opens

16 December 2011 - We have completely transformed one of our wards for older people into a unique, sensory environment for patients, particularly those with dementia.

Lisa Matron DeJonge with a patient on the new Marjory Warren Ward

The ward was formally opened on Thursday 15 December.

The ward is named after British geriatrician Dr Marjory Warren and has undergone a major refurbishment, thanks to donations from the King’s Fund, the hospital’s Friends of King's, as well as the hospital.

Dementia affects more than 68,000 people in London alone, so we are pleased to be playing our part in helping patients and their carers affected by the condition.

The ward has 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.

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.