Dementia Care

The Dementia Team cover all trust sites and offer services Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm. We can be reached via our contact details on the contact us page. Our service offers support and guidance during a patient’s time in hospital, we do not assess and diagnose people for dementia during their admission, this assessment would be completed in the community, within a Community Mental Health Team’s Memory Service. 

As a Dementia Team, we offer support to patient’s living with dementia, delirium or confusion during their admission to hospital. We recognise that attending hospital can be a distressing experience for people living with dementia and their families. We are striving as a team, to improve the individuals experience through better awareness, training and improved environments.

We support the Royal College of Nursing top 5 ingredients for supporting good dementia care, and use this as the template for our dementia strategy:

  • Staff who are skilled and have time to care
  • Partnership working with carers
  • Assessment and early identification of dementia
  • Care plans which are person centred and individualised
  • Environments which are dementia friendly

Forget Me Not

East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust has adopted a Forget Me Not flower to identify patients with dementia, short term memory loss, confusion or delirium. 

The symbol is used to identify patients who have the following conditions:

  • Dementia
  • Short term memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Delirium (acute confusional state)

Johns 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 McCue, 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.

Useful information

Download our Summer 2021 newsletter Memory Lane

'This is me' is a simple leaflet for anyone receiving professional care who is living with dementia or experiencing delirium or other communication difficulties.  It helps health and social care professionals better understand who the person really is, which can help them deliver care that is tailored to the person's needs.

We are running an appeal to support dementia services across our hospitals!

With your help, East Kent Hospitals Charity wants to raise up to £500,000 to be spread across the five hospitals in East Kent, which will fund multiple projects to help support patients with dementia and make their time spent in hospital more enjoyable.