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.