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John Gerrard with his daughter Nikki

EKHUFT signs up to 'John's Campaign'

East Kent Hospitals has signed up to a national campaign which advocates carers staying with their loved ones in hospital.

John’s Campaign was launched in November 2014 after the death of Dr John Gerrard, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his mid-seventies. The aim is to give carers of those living with dementia the ability to stay with them in hospital, unrestricted by visiting hours, and to offer additional support to carers whose friend or relative are unwell and vulnerable.

Joy Marshall, Matron for Dementia with EKHUFT said that “We are so pleased that the Trust have committed to taking part in the campaign. It is an invaluable service to carers and their loved ones at what can be a very difficult time.”

Borrowing inspiration from campaigns of the 1960s which secured parents the right to remain with their children in hospital, John’s Campaign calls for unrestricted visiting hours for dementia patient carers and the chance to take an active role in their loved-ones’ care. Carers can speak to ward staff if they would like a carers passport, or any support with looking after their relative or friend while they are in hospital.

To find out more visit; http://johnscampaign.org.uk
It is an invaluable service to carers and their loved ones at what can be a very difficult time.

Joy Marshall, Matron for Dementia