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Dementia unit summer fayre hailed a success

Patients with dementia who are receiving treatment at a dedicated unit in Norwich were joined by family and friends to enjoy a fun-packed afternoon of games, refreshments and live music on 15 August at a special summer fayre.

Hammerton Court, which is run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and based at the Julian Hospital in Bowthorpe Road, hosted the party during the afternoon.

It was organised by Occupational Therapists Sophie Ashcroft and Donna Townshend and Activity Coordinator Sophie Whigham to give patients on the Reed, Rose and Beach Wards the chance to socialise away from a clinical setting. Patients and staff from the Sandringham Ward were also invited along for the afternoon.

A range of entertainment was available, including a raffle, games, barbacue and ice creams. Popular local act the Splash Duo were also on hand to provide live music, with some patients and their families taking the opportunity to enjoy a dance. Activities were split between the indoor and outdoor reception area and the hospital hub.

Sophie said: “We were really pleased to see so many patients, relatives, friends and staff at the summer fayre. There were lots of different things happening during the afternoon to keep everyone entertained, and the live music in particular was really well received.

“We care for patients who have dementia, and provide assessment as well as continuing care. It is really important that they are given the chance to take part in activities and socialise away from the ward, especially as some of them may stay in hospital for some time.

“Our patients responded really well to the activities, which was fantastic. We also had great feedback from staff and relatives who said they really enjoyed the day and the chance to spend time together.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped to organise the event and made sure the afternoon went with a swing.”​