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Formerly St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Our Services A - Z - Dementia / Delirium Service

About the service

Dementia Friendly logo with blue forget me nots and text that says working to become dementia friendly 2021

The Dementia and Delirium Team provides advice and support for patients and carers living with dementia and/or delirium across the trust, their families and carers.

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of cognitive and behavioural symptoms that can include memory loss, problems with reasoning and communication and change in personality, and a reduction in a person's ability to carry out daily activities. Common types of dementia include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy Bodies, frontotemporal and mixed dementia.

Delirium is a state of mental confusion. It is also known as acute confusion. Delirium is a common condition that can come on suddenly, or over a few hours / days. It is a sign that someone is physically unwell. It usually lifts when the condition causing the delirium is treated. Sometimes it can be prevented, but individual circumstances can make you more susceptible to experiencing delirium.

People are at risk of delirium if they:

  • Are 65 or older
  • Have difficulties with memory or understanding (known as cognitive impairment) or have dementia
  • Have a broken hip
  • Are seriously ill

The dementia and delirium team are able to provide specialised advice to parent teams concerning the care or treatment of people admitted to the hospital with dementia/ delirium/ cognitive impairment.

The Trust implements the ‘Forget me Not’ scheme, which aims to improve communication, interaction and patient experience. The ‘Forget me not’ card is suitable for anyone who may have difficulties communicating for any reason. This may include people who have dementia, learning difficulties or physical disabilities as well as people who are too poorly or frail to tell us what they want at present

Our ethos is “that good dementia care is everybody’s business”. We aim to ensure all our members of staff receive training that is both relevant and meaningful. It’s our hope that the skills they learn in training will be used and shared out of the hospital as well, as it’s only through community engagement that we can create a truly dementia-friendly place to live and work.

We support Johns Campaign. All wards and departments allow carers to remain with the person whom they care for and are welcomed as partners in care.

The campaign has also been endorsed by Medirest, who also recognise the main carer as an equal partner by offering staff concessions in the restaurants. If you are the main carer of a person receiving treatment / care from the Trust please let a member of staff know, there is lots we can do to help support both you and the person you care for.

Awards logos for finalists in National Dementia Care Awards 2019 and 2020

Montage of pictures showing staff holding a banner stating Dementia is my business

Page last updated on 24th June 2022

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