22nd Oct, 2017

Sky Blues players back new dementia initiative

Coventry Editorial 11th Apr, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SKY Blues stars Joe Murphy and Franck Moussa have took their thoughts away from the football pitch to learn about and raise awareness of a new initiative to enchance the care of patients with dementia.

The University Hospital’s Forget-Me-Not campaign aims to improve the care of older people and people with dementia.

The Trust is introducing sky blue coloured pillow cases to enable all staff to identify patients with dementia and those with difficulty communicating.

The two players met the team who support older patients with confusion and dementia at University Hospital and spent the afternoon taking part in stimulating and interactive activities which are organised daily for patients with the condition.

“When we first received the request to come and support this initiative we were very keen to be part of it.” said goalkeeper Murphy.

“Not only are the pillow cases aptly named but with dementia affecting so many people’s lives it is wonderful to see that loved ones can rest assured that their relatives are getting the best care possible.

“The nurses at UHCW who we met were so warm and committed to improving the hospital stay for patients with dementia.”

The pillow scheme is expected to roll out to all wards in University Hospital and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby in the next six months.

Moussa added: “Both Joe and I didn’t know much about dementia before our visit, but we realise now that this affects many people’s lives.

“It was great to see how the nurses and activity co-ordinators interact with patients with dementia and treat them as individuals.”

Franck Moussa and Joe Murphy pictured with patient John Sharpe. (s)

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