The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals launches survey for carers of patients with dementia

5 February 2014

As part of its commitment to improve the care for its patients in Leeds with dementia, Leeds Teaching Hospitals has launched a survey for carers.

Dementia is an increasingly common condition affecting around 800,000 people in the UK and it is important hospital staff recognise the symptoms and provide tailored care.

The survey seeks to ensure that carers are being given the right information about the care being provided for their friend/relative and that they are being signposted to appropriate agencies in the Leeds area that may be able to offer help and support in the home environment.

This includes support groups for the carer as well as access to carers for the patient if required.

Carers are encouraged to ask nursing staff about the survey if their friend/relative is in hospital in Leeds. Paper copies will be made available but it has also be filled in online through the link below: www.leedsth.nhs.uk/tmp/carer-feedback-form.php

All responses submitted are confidential and will help improve care.

To further improve the service it provides to this group of patients and their families, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, in conjunction with Carers Leeds, has recently appointed Fiona Sweeney as a hospital support worker dedicated to helping people with dementia and their carers.

The Trust has also introduced a "Know Who I Am” document for people with dementia to provide better patient-focused care and is soon to start a “Forget Me Not" scheme to help ensure staff are aware a patient has memory problems.