Gorleston hospital scoops top award for dementia aid

STAFF at the James Paget University Hospital have scooped a prestigious prize for an innovative information card which will help those suffering from dementia.

More About Me, devised by Barry Pinkney, matron at the hospital, together with Ali Thayne, dementia project facilitator and Sarah Hay, dementia project advisor, has won the Spotlight Prize for Publications and Training Aids in a competition organised by Health Enterprise East (HEE), the regional NHS partner for innovation.

Staff were presented with an engraved trophy and a cheque for �2,000 towards their department’s training needs.

The card, which is similar to a greetings card, is used to communicate essential information regarding nutrition and hydration for the patient. Placed on the bedside locker, it is accessible by all staff including those serving meal and drinks.

The picture shows, from left: Ali Thayne, Chris Armstrong of HEE, Sarah Hay and Barry Pinkney.