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Memory Lane opens at the MRI as part of Dementia Awareness Week

Memory Lane

As part of National Dementia Awareness Week 2014, Central Manchester University Hospitals are showcasing all the improvements made to create a dementia-friendly environment for their patients, including the brand-new Memory Lane in the MRI.

The Memory Lane installation was officially opened today by the Trust Dementia Champion and Non-Executive Director Steve Mycio and Gill Heaton, Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Nurse.

After the opening, patients and visitors had the chance to walk down the Lane, a corridor transformed into a row of shops, and reminisce about the price of strawberries, their favourite chocolate bar or enjoy the photos of a May Day parade displayed in the flower shop window.

Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia, also visited the exhibition and gavea short talk in our Forget-Me-Not Café.

Chief Nurse Gill Heaton said: "Improving the hospital experience for patients living with dementia care one of the key priorities to improve the patient experience and patients who suffer with dementia. I am very proud of all the hard work and dedication of our staff in making this a reality."

She added: "As nurses we know that it's the little things that matter such as taking time to reminisce, making signposting simpler or reminding patients to eat and drink. By investing in creative changes to our environment such as installing Memory Lane, creating living rooms on wards and developing our healing activities programme we have made a big difference."

On Thursday 22 May from 10am to 4pm, the Dementia Care Grand Exhibition at the Nowgen Centre, Grafton Street, M13 9WU, provides an opportunity for staff, patients, visitors and the general public to drop in and learn more about dementia specific activities, the shared care approach, environment changes and assessment processes that have been introduced.

  • Around 1300 CMFT staff have completed Dementia Awareness Training
  • On average 44% of staff are trained on our elderly wards
  • There are 14 adult wards that use the dementia shared care plan
  • Alzheimer's Society research shows that there are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021
  • Dementia affects 4,000 people in Manchester alone
  • Alzheimer's and dementia with Lewy bodies are the most common types of dementia