Recognising that nearly half of its inpatients over the age of 75 have confirmed or suspected dementia, which is double the national average, Kingston Hospital is committed to delivering consistently excellent dementia care for its patients and their families or carers.  As well as ensuring it has the right staff, care pathways, support and systems in place, a key part of the hospital’s dementia care strategy is to enhance the hospital environment, recognising the particular needs of patients with dementia.

Charitable support has played a key role in transforming the hospital’s elderly care wards, creating safe, homely and comfortable social and therapeutic environments that facilitate all types of functioning by funding the ‘added value’ elements, including: the flooring, lighting, signage, wall finishes, artwork, social spaces and furniture.

To date over £650,000 has been raised to help refurbish the hospital’s elderly care wards.  Derwent Ward reopened in November 2016 and Blyth Ward in November2018.  Kennet Ward is scheduled to be refurbished in the summer of 2019.

Charitable funding is still being sought to help the hospital improve other key patient areas, as it strives to deliver consistently excellent dementia care.