ELDERLY Care wards at Good Hope Hospital are celebrating after being praised for their dementia carer-friendly approach.
The wards at the Sutton Coldfield hospital were presented with a special award by John’s Campaign for being among the first 100 hospitals and wards in the country to welcome carers whenever they are needed.
The move towards more open visiting hours was first rolled out across the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope Hospitals, in April this year – allowing carers to visit dementia sufferers at any time while they are in hospital.
The John’s Campaign was started in November 2014 by Nicci Gerrard following the death of her father Dr John Gerrard, who had been suffering from dementia.
Dr Kiran Patel, medical director for NHS England (West Midlands), was keen to congratulate Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust for the award and give backing to John’s Campaign.
He said: “We are delighted that Heart of England Foundation Trust has been recognised for their commitment and dedication to John’s Campaign, a cause that NHS England wholeheartedly supports.
“As a society, we are beginning to change the way society respects and treats people with dementia.
“We can change the lives of tens of thousands of people for the better if we can continue to raise awareness, invest in the search for new treatments, and most importantly improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
“In the West Midlands, we will continue to work closely with our local NHS partners and ensure that we are all working hard and most importantly, working together, to fight the dementia battle.”