Edinburgh hospital gets dementia friendly hub

Thursday 20th June 2019

A new dementia friendly therapeutic and social space has officially opened for people staying at the Ferryfield House Hospital in Pilton, Edinburgh.

The Ferryfield Hub is a dementia friendly café, funded by the Ferryfield League of Friends Charity.

Attending the opening, Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, said: “As a city, our understanding and support for people living with dementia is evolving rapidly and I’m proud to say Edinburgh has a high number of communities and organisations which are recognised as dementia friendly.

In care settings too, Edinburgh’s ethos is that we help people to lead the happiest, healthiest and safest lives they can.

Initiatives like the new Ferryfield Hub, where people can be themselves and escape the confines of their illness while in hospital, are so important. It is a pleasure to open the new space in Pilton and see first-hand how it will benefit people who stay at Ferryfield, their families and their friends.”

The hospital, which opened in 1996, has two wards that provide hospital-based complex clinical care for people who are living with advanced dementia as well as those who require palliative and end of life care.

Judith Proctor, chief officer of the Edinburgh health and social care partnership, said: “As a Partnership we are always considering how we can improve the experience and quality of the support we provide to those who require specialist dementia care.

Places like Ferryfield House help people to feel as comfortable as they can be and the new hub is a welcoming and homely space. Every little detail has been carefully thought out, from the colour scheme, which is dementia-friendly, to the views which look out on to Ferryfield’s front gardens. My congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen.”

Those with dementia attending the hub will be able to take part in organised meaningful activities on a 1-1 basis or in small groups to ‘encourage them to be themselves’.

Rob Crispin, senior charge nurse at the Willow Ward at Ferryfield House Hospital, said: “We were delighted to have the Lord Provost officially open our new Hub for us today. We have put in a lot of hard work to get the new social area ready and we’re very excited to see how it will benefit both our patients and their loved ones.”