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First Community Health Meeting Hailed A Success

02 Mar 2015 14:13:07
Community Health Meeting Hailed a Success

The Governors of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are hailing their first Community Health Meeting a success after members of the Trust and public gathered at Rawmarsh People’s Centre on 4 February for a lively debate focussed on Dementia.

Following an introduction from Lead Governor, Jean Dearden, about the role of Governors, two local experts in the treatment of dementia talked about the condition and answered questions. The Trust's Lead Nurse, Maria Palmer, talked about how the Trust is using a small forget-me-not flower on patients' notes and name badges to help staff support and treat those who have dementia. Liz Hopkinson, Service Manager from the Rotherham Alzheimer’s Society and Deputy Chair for the local Dementia Action Alliance for Rotherham talked about the impact of Dementia and the developments in care across the community.

One of the newest developments is the adoption of the Herbert Protocols by agencies across the region, including the NHS and the police. The Herbert Protocols are a series of questions that families caring for someone at risk of dementia, or a variety of other conditions, can prepare in case of the patient going missing. Patients with dementia often go missing for short periods and having the information and recent photographs to hand can save valuable time in helping to find a loved one. Information about the Herbert Protocols can be found here http://www.southyorks.police.uk/help-and-advice/herbert-protocol  

After the discussions, Trust Chairman, Martin Havenhand brought the meeting to a close with and update of events and news from across the Trust, including the recent lifting of a Governance Breach by health regulator, Monitor.

Jean Dearden said: “The Governors were delighted to see so many people at the event and to have had such a useful debate about dementia care. We will be using the feedback we have had to shape future events and we look forward to welcoming people to the next meeting.”

Their next Community Health Meeting will be held on 31 March 2015 at Springwell Garden Community Centre S65 1NG, starting at 12.30pm. Trust Consultant Dr Ahmed Hafiz will discuss global and local perspectives on Diabetes and aging. Dr Hafiz will be joined by one of our Diabetes Specialist Nurses and by Diabetes UK Service Champion for Rotherham, Terry Nougher-Fuller, who will be on hand with local support and information, to answer any questions.

All members of the public are welcome to attend the free talks and refreshments are provided. Places are limited so booking is essential. To book your place, call 01709 427800 or email foundation.trust@rothgen.nhs.uk.  

For more information about the work of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, please visit: www.rotherhamhospital.nhs.uk You can also join the 2,767 followers we have on Twitter @RotherhamNHS_FT or ‘like us’ on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheRotherhamNHSFoundationTrust.  

Notes to editor:
• Pictured from left to right: Chairman of the Trust, Martin Havenhand, Dementia Care Lead Nurse, Maria Palmer and Lead Governors, Jean Dearden

For more information please contact Laurie Crabtree in the TRFT press office on 01709 426084 or email laurie.crabtree@rothgen.nhs.uk  

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