As part of the Dementia Appeal, we will be undertaking a number of projects on each of our sites. We are continually working with our appeal committee to develop more, but have so far identified the following...
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate
Thanks to donations to our Dementia Appeal, our flagship dementia-friendly space, the St Augustine's Day Room is now open and in use at the QEQM Hospital. See how the space has been transformed from before to after.
Staff on St Augustine's Ward have been telling us how much of a positive difference the room is having on the patient experience. Frequent Lunch Clubs and Memory Lane Cafes are held in it. Patients often tell their families all about their great day out!
Our next project to focus on will surround a wonderful garden space that used to formerly belong to the children's ward. However, when the ward relocated it was left relatively unused and became overgrown.
Now we have the opportunity to make this a delightful space for patients to go and sit, enjoy the fresh air and perhaps even take part in some gardening! We are hoping to embrace the rich culture that Thanet has to offer and make this garden a lovely place to go.
Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury
The St Augustine's Day Room at the QEQM Hospital in Margate is just the beginning. We are going to create similar dementia-friendly rooms at the Kent & Canterbury and William Harvey Hospitals.
The first project at Canterbury will be the refurbishment of Harbledown Day Room. Harbledown Ward is one of the wards at Canterbury that has a higher number of patients with dementia. This is why we want to make a fantastic reminiscence space for patients to enjoy. We are aiming to raise funds to completely refurbish the room and make it a wonderful dual purpose space for patients, staff and carers.
William Harvey Hospital, Ashford
At the William Harvey we have already identified a number of projects we want to crack on with, including a day room similar to the St Augustine's Day Room. Also at the top of our list is renovating a garden area next to Accident & Emergency. A&E is an extremely busy part of our hospital, and can be very overwhelming for anybody coming in, let alone somebody with dementia. By renovating this courtyard area, we can introduce a therapeutic space just seconds away from the hustle and bustle of A&E.
To get involved and fundraise for the appeal, visit our Just Giving page