James opens new dementia ward at Queen Mary's

James Brokenshire has attended the official opening of the new Holbrook Dementia Unit at Queen Mary’s Hospital, where he saw first-hand the effort that has gone into providing a space where the most pioneering dementia care can be provided in a homely and comfortable setting.

Following extensive refurbishment, patients have now moved back into the unit, which features a lounge, dining area, indoor potting shed, hair salon and activity room, designed to support those suffering with advanced dementia to continue to lead happy lives.

Designed based on guidance from the Universities of Bradford and Stirling and by specialists at The Kings Fund, the interior of the unit, decorated in a 1950s retro theme, provides a stimulating, yet comfortable and homely environment for patients, their carers and families to spend time and receive treatment in.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, James said:

“All of us know someone with or who has had dementia and this ward ensures that patients can receive the specialist support they need. It’s a wonderful facility at Queen Mary’s Hospital, which will provide reassurance and reminiscence to the patients. It will transform care and be a real centre of local excellence upon which I hope others will be able to draw.

“This is a big part in the future of this hospital and I’m pleased to be here celebrating this latest success, which will make such a big difference to those who come here in the weeks and years ahead. I pay tribute to all those involved in helping to bring this about and all the staff involved in seeing that patients receive the best possible care and treatment."