Musgrove Park shortlisted as top dementia friendly hospital

We’re pleased to announce that Musgrove Park Hospital has reached the final of the National Dementia Care Awards for the work our colleagues have done to make it a dementia-friendly hospital.

The National Dementia Care Awards is an annual event organised by the Journal of Dementia Care, a multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia, in hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, day units and the community.

Musgrove Park Hospital; has been shortlisted in the category of Best Dementia Friendly Hospital.

Dr Rachel O’Toole, our consultant geriatrician and clinical lead for dementia, said she was proud that the work of colleagues at the hospital had been recognised in this way. “We’ve put in place a number of initiatives that promote patient-centred care for those with dementia who are being cared for at Musgrove Park Hospital,” she said.

“Our ward colleagues make sure that every patient with dementia who is admitted to our hospital is given an enhanced care plan that takes into account their individual needs.

“And colleagues at the hospital really go the extra mile to make things easier for patients with dementia – I’m really proud of the enthusiasm shown by colleagues across the hospital in coming up with their own ideas to improve care for this group of patients.

“For example, we have a team of activity facilitators across Musgrove Park, and at our community hospitals and mental health wards, who get to know each patient’s likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies so they can tailor activities on the ward to suit their needs.

“The activity facilitators have been around the wards with a pretend ice cream van that played traditional music so patients could sample their favourite flavours and on one occasion we even set up a pub – although without the alcohol of course! These sort of activities really help our patients with dementia and also improve their orientation while in hospital too.

“We have adapted the way we care for patients with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to welcome their carers to visit where possible, as well as helping to organise video and telephone calls for them to keep in touch with their loved ones.”

The National Dementia Care Awards were created to recognise the very best people in the dementia care sector, whose exceptional work and contributions make better, person-centred care a reality.

There were 16 categories to enter overall and there were four or five finalists in each category. All finalists are reviewed by two independent judges for each category.

We’ll find out whether we’ve won at a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday 12 November.