Dementia team awardBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1556 (Published 26 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1556
- Nigel Hawkes, freelance journalist, London, UK
At North Bristol NHS Trust a memory cafe has been established as a meeting point for carers. For two hours once a week they can share homemade cakes and tea and coffee with others in the same situation, often bringing the patients they look after along with them. Memory cafes are usually community assets, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, but to place one in an acute hospital is new and the society needed to be convinced it was a good idea.
Judy Haworth, specialty doctor in dementia care, says: “Both patients and carers need information and on the ward it’s often difficult to provide it. Junior staff don’t know what’s available. The cafe fills this need. While it’s true that an acute trust’s patients tend to be transient, it’s equally true that they’re often at a point of decision, an emotionally charged moment which makes information even more important. If carers are looking for a home for the person they care for, say, they …