Pa­tients praise hospi­tal’s de­men­tia treat­ment

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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.

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