Trust grant to fund West Suffolk Hospital specialist day room

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A project to create a specialist day room to provide comfort and support for patients with dementia has been boosted by a £5,000 grant.

The St Edmunds Trust has awarded the money to West Suffolk Hospital to kit out the room on ward G4, which will be available for all patients.

It will be used to decorate the room and pay for furnishings, including a sofa, chairs and television.

Julie Fountain, dementia lead at the hospital, said: “Patients with dementia can become anxious and distressed when in hospital, which can be compounded by a lack of social interaction and purposeful activity.

“Providing a day room area can help with familiarity – by using recognisable furniture, traditional crockery and supporting meaningful activity.

“It will provide a calming place, easing any anxiety, away from the more clinical environment.

“It is something we have wanted for a long time, and has been made possible thanks to the St Edmunds Trust.”

St Edmunds Trust gives grants to charitable organisations in West Suffolk which provide care or treatment for sick or disabled people.