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Hospital uses colour-coding to help patients

Hospital uses colour-coding to help patients

Published at 1:52pm 6th October 2017. (Updated at 1:54pm 6th October 2017)

Fundraisers are doing their bit for people with dementia at Harrogate District Hospital.

Around £10,000 is needed to provide colour-coded lockers which will help patients on Jervaulx Ward to familiarise themselves with their suroundings.

Each room has a different colour, so that patients know where their bed is, and the new lockers will have special locks which are keyless and accessed by staff using a card.

Matron Tammy Gotts told Stray FM: "You can guarantee that at least 80% of patients will be living with dementia or some form of cognitive impairment where orientation is key to helping them to feel safe and secure.

"If we get these lockers, it means no more hunting for keys when we could be looking after patients and, in emergency cases, it's easy to move those lockers out of the way and get to our resuscitation equipment."

To help raise the money, the Friends of Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, are organising an old-time music hall event.

The show will be hosted by well-known entertainer Billy Pearce at the Royal Hall on Saturday 28 October.

More information at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk