The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust has signed up to the national John’s campaign which was set up by Nicci Gerrard after her father died in 2014. The aim of the campaign is to give the carers of those living with dementia the right to stay with them in hospital and to support carers to support patients whenever they are needed.
The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust’s League of Friends has provided funding for three folding beds to be available for the carers of people with dementia and other vulnerable groups who want to support their relative during their admission.
The beds have currently been introduced onto the hospital’s Nason, Melly and Alex wards.
In addition to signing up to the campaign, the Trust is also re-launching its Carer’s passport which allows the main carer accompanying their loved one to have open visiting and provides them with reduced car parking rates and a reduction in Raveloe’s, the hospital’s main restaurant.
Associate Director of Nursing, Division of Surgery, Madeleine Curran said, “We are really pleased to sign up to John’s Campaign which emphasises the importance of the supporting people living with dementia as well as their loved ones. One of many ways George Eliot Hospital is committed to improve the experience and outcomes for people living with dementia and their loved ones.
“A huge thank you to our League of Friends who have kindly donated the folding beds. We know that their donation will make such a massive difference to our patients and their carers.”
Further information about Dementia Care services at George Eliot Hospital
More information about John’s Campaign can be found at www.johnscampaign.org.uk