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OTTERY: Funding to improve hospital’s dementia services

Thursday, 28 November 2013


A £135,000 programme of work to make Ottery St Mary Hospital more dementia-friendly has started.
The Rowan and Linden centres, which collected a national award for innovation earlier this year, are being adapted to create a modern environment suited to the needs of older people with dementia.
The centres, which offer a health day assessment and a social day care service, will have a new kitchen, dining room, arts and crafts area and toilet block, while specialist flooring and lighting is being installed.
The project is being funded by Ottery St Mary and District Hospital League of Friends and is led by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
Geraldine Benson, health and social care cluster manager, said: “We are very grateful to the League of Friends, who have been working with us for a number of years to develop this dementia friendly health and social care assessment centre.
“This major upgrade will make a real and lasting difference, enabling us to provide a more supportive environment for people with dementia to remain living independently in their own homes for longer.
“Gaynor Appleby, who manages the Rowan and Linden centres, and her team are very excited about working in this purpose-built environment and are so appreciative of the benefits it will bring to the people who attend the centres.”
League of Friends chairman Adrian Rutter said: “Thanks to the generous financial support of all the local people who care very deeply about our Ottery St Mary Hospital, we are delighted to be able to provide the money to pay for such a useful and much-needed facility for older people.
“Our hospital is now very different to what it was when it was established over 100 years ago, but it's still a vital part of our community and we're very appreciative of all the work the health and social care professionals at Ottery hospital do for us.
“Funding the refurbishment project is a practical demonstration of our appreciation.”
Exeter-based building contractor Hodges, Bridle and Co Ltd has been appointed to carry out the work, which is expected to take three months to complete.

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