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Trust wins close to £1 million in funds

The Trust is delighted to announce it has been successful in securing almost £1 million towards improving the environment for people with dementia.

The Department of Health Improving the environment of care for people with dementia’ capital fund has awarded the Trust £944,000 to revolutionise the environment at Edward Street Hospital.

“We are thrilled to be one of 42 NHS Trusts across the country to secure this funding,” said Karen Dowman Chief Executive.

“The Lighthouse project will be a beacon of hope and support for people with dementia and their families. It will provide a hub of resources where individuals and their families can find fulfilment, hope and meaning for life.

“The design will meet current and future dementia needs as the high proportion of people in the Black Country with dementia continue to grow. We have approximately 3000 patients in our dementia service and have 1200 new referrals a year.

“It was extremely important to the Trust that we consulted with the community in developing this project. It was vital that service users and carers fed their views into this vision along with local commissioners. We have ensured their views for a more modern, personalised space with rooms for GPs to use for consultation and training have been incorporated into the design.”

The Lighthouse will provide a range of resources geared towards local need, including:

  • spaces for meaningful activities and spiritual and cultural celebration
  • sensory zones
  • cultural heritage areas
  • a digital information centre
  • a community café

 The new environment will ensure the shortest possible stay for each individual and the best possible outcome. It will promote greater independence and choice for people with dementia, increasing their self-esteem and encouraging people to maintain good social and personal relationships.

The hub will be a homely, dementia-friendly environment where people will feel safe and calm.