Patients praise hospital’s dementia treatment
ROYAL Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) in Guildford has been named by patients as the best place in the county to get dementia treatment.
It comes following the publication of the results of the annual patient-led assessment of care environment (PLACE) in Surrey.
The assessment looks at 279 organisations across the region, including hospitals, hospices and day treatment centres across the county.
It involves volunteers visiting hospitals as part of teams to examine how the environment supports patients’ privacy and dignity, food, cleanliness and general building maintenance.
Royal Surrey was highly recommended for its food, condition, appearance and maintenance of facilities, and dementia and disability care.
It also ranked above the national average across all sections of the survey.
Louise Stead, RSCH director of nursing and patient experience, said: “The assessment is carried out by our most important critics, our patients, and I am sure that those living with dementia and their families will take a great deal of comfort in the knowledge that they think we are the best environment in Surrey for this vulnerable group of patients.”
The number of people living with dementia in the UK expected to rise to one million by 2021.