28 Mar 2014

ADP Designed Dementia Ward Opens

A new dementia ward, designed by ADP, was opened last week by the founder of Glastonbury Festival.

Michael Eavis visited Yeovil District Hospital to cut the ribbon on the £350,000 development, which has been a work in progress since November.

Mr Eavis was joined by staff and patients to celebrate the finished product, which is a mixture of vibrant colours and welcoming tones. He thanked the hospital for the invitation and said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in this project. I am a great supporter of the hospital. A couple of years ago my mother Sheila was being treated here aged 99. She received wonderful care and she enjoyed her time here. She was looked after really well.”

The ward is awash with warm colours, patterned doors, and comfy seating. A giant projector in the corridor allowed patients to sit with friends and family to watch classic films.

And a day room was set out like a sitting room, with arm chairs, a digital moving picture of an open fire, and a record player. The room is bright, with plenty of natural light. There is a computer with software so staff, and family members can help patients to build an electronic log on their memories – which will contribute to their treatment.

Chief executive Paul Mears thanked everyone for their hard work.

He said: “This is a fantastic environment and the team will be very proud of their ward.”

“It has long been stigmatised, but gradually views are changing and people are beginning to understand that there are many things we can do to positively impact on a person with dementia’s quality of life."