Hospital joins national campaign for carers

PUBLISHED: 10:04 21 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:04 21 March 2016


The hospital, along with all other hospitals run by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, has joined John’s Campaign.

Honiton Hospital has joined a national campaign which supports the rights of carers to stay with patients with dementia in hospital.

The hospital, along with all other hospitals run by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, has joined John’s Campaign – founded after the death of Dr John Gerrard in 2014 by his daughter Nicci, who believes her father, who had Alzheimer’s, would have benefitted greatly if she had been able to stay with him during his time in hospital.

The trust already has flexible visiting in place, but being part of John’s Campaign means carers will now be invited to stay with their loved ones whenever they want to.

It also means carers will be given the opportunity to be involved with the care of their loved ones in a practical way.

Tina Naldrett, the trust’s deputy director of nursing and dementia clinical lead, said: “We know that having the support of a carer can lead to improved experience and outcomes for patients with dementia.

“We have always aimed to make sure carers are actively involved in the care of a loved one, but this campaign takes that one step further by letting carers decide how involved they would like to be.”

A trust spokesman added that John’s Campaign is about giving carers the right to stay with their loved ones in hospital - it does not aim to place a duty upon carers.

Nurses will ask families and carers, at the point of admission to hospital, whether they have been caring for the person being admitted and if they would like to continue to be involved in their care.

They will also make sure any advice the family and carer can give is written down in the patient’s care plan, and that everybody within the multidisciplinary team caring for the patient knows that the family and carer are partners in care.

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