A new hospital based Admiral Nurse service that will provide families affected by dementia with the specialist support that they need has been launched in south Cheshire.
Admiral Nurse Sheridan Coker will be joining Mid Cheshire Hospital’s Dementia Lead and Admiral Nurse Anna Chadwick, who is based at Leighton Hospital in Crewe. Their aim is to provide specialist support for people with dementia and their families during the hospital stay and afterwards by providing community outreach to families.
The Admiral Nurses will share their specialist knowledge and skills with staff in the hospital to improve the care that people with dementia receive. This new way of working will also allow for a more seamless and effective discharge back into the community.
Sheridan’s appointment has been made possible by a partnership between Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Leighton Hospital, and Dementia UK, the national charity that provides specialist dementia support for families through Admiral Nursing, and the Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity Trust who have provided £50,000 funding towards this new service.
Sheridan said: “The Admiral Nurse service is not just about supporting individuals throughout their journey, both in and out of hospital, but about the entire family. We will be working hand-in-hand with families and providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to help them better understand dementia and its effects.
“We’ll also be working closely with other healthcare professionals so that families get the right support at the right time. By all working together - the service, families and other professionals - we can help to prevent hospital admissions or, where there has already been an admission, help to get people out of hospital quicker.
“We are very pleased to be part of this new service and have no doubt that it will have a positive impact on local families affected by the condition.”
Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse at Dementia UK said: “A hospital admission can be both physically and emotionally demanding for people with dementia and their families. Admiral Nurses take the time to reassure and understand the family’s needs as well as sharing their specialist knowledge and skills with other staff to ensure good quality and better co-ordinated dementia care.”
Tim Marshall, Chair of Trustees at The Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity said: “The Anne Duchess of Westminster's Charity are delighted to support the new Admiral Nurse service in South Cheshire. The provision of support to families living with dementia in this area will undoubtedly be invaluable.”