Ex­perts unite to help de­men­tia pa­tients

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

HEALTH ex­perts from two NHS trusts have come to­gether to im­prove care for pa­tients who suf­fer with de­men­tia.

Staff from Cheshire and Wir­ral Part­ner­ship NHS Foun­da­tion Trust’s (CWP) Croft Ward at the Mill­brook Unit at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal have been work­ing along­side col­leagues from East Cheshire NHS Trust which runs the hos­pi­tal to share knowl­edge.

This is around top­ics such as falls pre­ven­tion, ther­a­pies in­clud­ing mu­sic, sen­sory, art and phys­io­ther­apy and end-of-life care.

The project has high­lighted the com­mon ground be­tween phys­i­cal and men­tal health­care and aims to en­sure that pa­tients are be­ing cared for in the right place.

Katy Dunn, se­nior sis­ter East Cheshire NHS Trust, said: “Shar­ing a joint ap­proach to de­men­tia care has enabled us to draw on staff ’s ex­per­tise and en­sure that our pa­tients are cared for in the right place by sup­port­ing each other.

“Build­ing pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships be­tween the trusts has en­sured that pa­tients are treated in the place best suited to their needs, with on­go­ing sup­port and ex­pert con­sul­ta­tion.

“This in turn re­as­sures pa­tients and car­ers that their needs are be­ing met.”

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