Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Part of Enhancing the Healing Environment

Date started: 25 Mar 2010
Organisation: acute
Service: adult acute, dementia care
Project: public spaces, wards


Ward 23 and Ward 29, Bradford Royal Infirmary , Bradford

Aims and outcomes

The aim of this project was to improve the environment on two wards where a high number of patients with dementia are cared for. Improved lighting schemes, accent colours and photographs of local scenes have been used in both areas to enable patients to find their ways and to reduce agitation.

In ward 29, an elderly care ward, the bland white walls of the bays and corridors have been enhanced by the use of bold colours and patients can choose which artefacts they would like to put in their bedside memory boxes. Innovative cinema seats provide spaces to watch films from the local archive and an office has been turned into a memory café where tea can be enjoyed in the afternoon.

On ward 23, an orthopaedic ward, patients and visitors can also enjoy photographs of local scenes that encourage socialising and prompt memories. Social dining is encouraged in bed bays and new lighting schemes are being trialled to aid sleep patterns.

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