Patient care improved

The new reminiscence room at Pinderfields Hospital
The new reminiscence room at Pinderfields Hospital
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A HOSPITAL ward for elderly people which was temporarily closed down earlier this year amid concerns over sub-standard care has been re-opened.

Gate 43 at Wakefield’s Pinderfields Hospital was closed to new admissions on March 31 due to staffing problems affecting the quality of care.

It was re-opened yesterday after the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust recruited more staff and further training was given on how to care for people with dementia.

A special reminiscence room has also been created, complete with 1960s style flower power wallpaper and retro furniture.

A mural by Yorkshire-based artist Joanna Perry depicts a scene of a British seaside resort.

The new rook also features memory boxes to help stimulate conversations and evoke memories for patients.

Gate 43 previously had 41 beds and now has 24. Hospital chiefs say more beds will be made available as more staff are recruited,

The temporary closure followed criticism of standards on gates 41 and 42 at the hospital in a highly-critical report by the Care Quality Commission last year.

It pinpointed problems with staffing, poor attitudes from staff, inadequate care and a lack of privacy and dignity. At the time, hospital bosses said work to raise standards in elderly care had been stepped up.

David Melia, the trust’s interim director of patients and staff engagement, said: “This is the beginning of a bright new era for this ward.

“Providing the right care is absolutely vital to us and all the stops are now being pulled out to make our patients receive the very best in this new environment.”

Anita Ruckledge, the trust’s lead nurse for dementia care, said: “We have improved the signage on the ward, for example to the bathrooms, and we have created colour-coded zones to make it easier for our

patients to find their way around the ward.”

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