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‘Experiencing’ the intimidating effects of Dementia as part of NHSGGC Dementia Awareness Week

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The scary and intimidating effects of Dementia can be experienced firsthand by staff at a number of our hospitals thanks to a Virtual Dementia Tour during our Dementia Awareness Week activities. 

The tour is medically proven to be the closest a person with a healthy brain can directly feel what dementia might be like. 

By understanding dementia from the sufferer’s perspective the aim is to give staff across a number of disciplines a more acute appreciation of the challenges faced by those affected in order to help deliver the most appropriate care. 

Information stalls will also be in hospitals from Monday 03 until Wednesday 05 June with ‘Dementia Champions’ on hand to raise awareness of the impact it can have on patients and carers. 

The Dementia Champions will also stress the importance of carers considering their own health and welfare as well as detailing where they can get help and support. 

Our latest Acute Dementia Workplan for 2019/20 will also be launched. Key elements include the introduction of a symbol to alert all staff that a patient may require extra support and ‘buddies’ who will give extra support around medical procedures. 

Geraldine Marsh, Chair of the Acute Dementia Steering Group, said: “Dementia is the largest cause of death in the UK. It kills more people than cancer and heart disease. 

“We are already one of the top health boards in the UK for the diagnosis and early treatment of dementia. 

“However, we’re determined to never stand still and continue to learn more about the disease all the time. We now know that it scary, intimidating and confusing for people who have the disease and this leads to feelings of vulnerability. 

“We are taking the tour around a number of our hospitals in order to help staff or family members better understand dementia by walking in the shoes of a person with the disease. 

Anyone looking to find out more can come along to the stands between 10am-4pm at: 

  • Gartnavel General Hospital main entrance
  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary centre block
  • Inverclyde Royal Hospital main entrance
  • Lightburn Hospital foyer
  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospitals atrium
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital reception
  • Vale of Leven Hospital main entrance
  • Stobhill ACH: Support & Information Service
  • Victoria ACH: Support & Information Service

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