Wilmslow Express - - NEWS -

RIVERS at a taxi firm for Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal have re­ceived spe­cial de­men­tia pa­tients train­ing.

Metro Taxis pick up and drop off thou­sands of pas­sen­gers at the hos­pi­tal ev­ery year, and a large num­ber of th­ese have de­men­tia or mem­ory loss.

Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal nurses have taught driv­ers the best way to make sure th­ese pas­sen­gers have com­fort­able and se­cure jour­neys.

Anne Mar­ri­nan, ma­tron for de­men­tia at the hos­pi­tal, has been car­ry­ing out the train­ing.

She said: “Pa­tients with de­men­tia may need sup­port when­ever they en­ter a new en­vi­ron­ment, or are trav­el­ling from one place to an­other.

“Taxi driv­ers can take small but im­por­tant steps, like tak­ing more time to ex­plain where they are go­ing and help­ing th­ese pa­tients when they need a lit­tle more sup­port.

“Metro Taxis and their driv­ers have been great. They were re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic and team­ing up with the hos­pi­tal to share knowl­edge and skills was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The firm has also spon­sored ma­te­ri­als for the ‘This is Me’ cam­paign which will pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port for lo­cal de­men­tia pa­tients who find them­selves in a new and un­fa­mil­iar place.

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