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Charity provides temporary home for dementia patients while NHS trust completes £500,000 refurbishment of mental health inpatient unit

Charity provides temporary home for dementia patients while NHS trust completes £500,000 refurbishment of mental health inpatient unit
23 November 2017

A charity is providing a temporary residence to people with dementia while an NHS trust completes a £500,000 refurbishment of their Hull home.

Dove House Hospice is accommodating the guests for six months so Humber NHS Foundation can refurbish its Maister Lodge mental health inpatient unit.

The Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care to adults with life-limiting illnesses, and the Trust, a multi-specialty healthcare provider, say the project is the beginning of what they hope will be a long and fruitful partnership.

Jan Smith, the Trust’s Care Group Director for Mental Health, said: “We are delighted to be working more closely with our colleagues at Dove House who are providing the highest quality accommodation and support to our patients who are in the later stages of dementia.

“The move to the Needler Unit is not only providing a comfortable and homely environment for people in our care but an opportunity to share skills and knowledge in dementia and end-of-life care for both staff teams.

“This will be the start of a partnership in care which I am sure will benefit patients now and long into the future.”

The patients were transported from Maister Lodge, in Hauxwell Road, to the Hospice, in nearby Chamberlain Road, in a carefully planned operation that went without a hitch.

All of the patients are now settled in the Needler Unit and being cared for by Maister Lodge staff who transferred with them to ensure continuity of care.

The unit, which can accommodate up to 14 patients, is separate from the services Dove House provides from its site in Chamberlain Road, and Trust patients, relatives and staff have their own entrance. 

Dr Anna Wolkowski, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Clinical Services at Dove House, said the team at the Hospice had been delighted to welcome Maister Lodge to the Needler Unit in what is a mutually beneficial arrangement.

“This is actually a unique opportunity for a hospice and mental health setting to work more closely together and see what we can learn from each other to improve the lives of people with dementia and their families,” she said.

“Also, the Hospice often cares for people who have dementia and other life-limiting illnesses on our inpatient and day care units. We have our own dementia champions and all our staff have some training in dementia care, but the Maister Lodge team have the expertise to support and guide us in developing our skills so that we can provide the right care and approach for this group of people.”