Speyside hospital to be made dementia-friendly

Stephen Hospital (pic: Anne Burgess)
Stephen Hospital (pic: Anne Burgess)

A SPEYSIDE COTTAGE Hospital is to undergo work that will allow it to become more user-friendly for patients who suffer from dementia.

NHS Grampian says that it will invest £60,000 in the Stephen Hospital and Health Centre in Dufftown, with new flooring in key areas a priority to make it safer and easier for elderly patients.

The flooring will also assist those using mobility aids such as walking frames to move around more easily at a facility that sees many patients attending for assistance in helping them become more mobile.

Senior Charge Nurse at the facility is Keith Mackay, who said that many patients arrive at the hospital seeking rehabilitation – literally having to re-learn how to walk.

He said: “The current flooring is more than 20 years old – the variety of surfaces and carpet joints can cause a number of problems, especially for people who are already struggling with their mobility.”

The required work in the hospital is expected to be completed by the end of September with Mr Stephen issuing an apology to patients and visitors for any disruption during the work.