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Fareham Community Hospital Gains Dementia Friendly Status

Fareham Community Hospital

Fareham Community Hospital is the first of the community hospital to be awarded dementia-friendly in the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area.

The Solent Community Solutions Property Manager, Karen Andrew, has recently worked with the NHS Property Services (NHS PS), through a team lead by Rachael Samain and the Dementia Friendly initiative in Hampshire to gain accreditation at Fareham Community Hospital. The project has involved minor changes to the property but it is the close co-operation with staff within the building and The Friends of Fareham Hospital Volunteer organisation, the CCG and NHS PS that has made this project a success. It has been a real demonstration of what an organisation with a strong Corporate Social Responsibility can achieve.

Fareham and Gosport CCG has funded a weekly memory café to allow dementia patients and their carers to meet informally and have a cuppa - in the relaxed surroundings of the hospital.

Sue Clarke, of Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Groups, who chaired the project steering group, was delighted that Fareham Community Hospital had received dementia friendly accreditation.

She said: “We would like to thank all our partners who were united in their support of this project, including the Friends of Fareham Community Hospital, the Alzheimer’s Society, as well as Solent Community Solutions and NHS Property Services. Everyone was so willing and ready to support the process with such a can-do approach. We have similar hopes and ambitions for both Chase Community Hospital at Whitehill and Bordon, and Oak Park Community Hospital in Havant.”

Fareham Community hospital was opened in May 2010; this is a 2,790m2 - £9 million development that brings together a wide range of community health services from various locations within the Borough of Fareham.

The state of the art hospital was designed to complement the landscape and its surroundings and responds carefully to the clinical and functional requirements of the local population. The hospital is environmentally friendly and built from renewable resources.

For a healthcare building to continue to meet the needs of its patients it has to continually evolve. Collaborative working across all healthcare organisations ensures Fareham Community Hospital serves its patients well and goes from strength to strength.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Solent Community Solutions is a Joint venture between Community Health Partnerships, a wholly owned company by the Department of Health, and CSIP, a company owned by Equitix and Morgan Sindall Investments.

Contact details: for more information please contact Karen Andrew on 01730 234900 or Karen.Andrew@community-solutions.co.uk