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New Carers’ Talking Space to be Launched at Wigan Infirmary

Newsdate: 13 May 2016

A new initiative to help local residents, who care for people living with dementia, is being launched on Thursday 19 May at Wigan Infirmary.

WWL’s Carers’ Talking Space is designed to give carers, in the Wigan Borough, a place where they can receive information and advice on how to best care for people living with dementia. This will be done through a hub that will be established in the Christopher Home Building of the Wigan Infirmary site.

The new service has been arranged via our Trust’s Dementia Carers Workstream, as part of our Dementia Strategy. We are launching the scheme on Thursday 19 May as from Sunday 15 May – Saturday 21 May it is National Dementia Awareness Week.

This initiative has been made possible by WWL working in partnership with the local Alzheimer’s Society, Wigan and Leigh Carers’ Centre and Community Link Workers, who all specialise in dementia care. People who visit the hub will be able to receive expert support and information. They will also be signposted to the correct health professionals in relation to the health and wellbeing of both themselves, and the person they are caring for.

The launch of this scheme will take place at 2pm in the entrance to the Christopher Home Building.

In addition to the launch of the Talking Space hub, WWL Fundraising Officer, Elizabeth Titley, will be distributing information about a new charitable fund available to people wishing to donate to the hospital. The “Minds and Memory Fund” is a special ring-fenced fund aimed at people who wish to donate to services specific to dementia and elderly patients. It is one of eight new ring-fenced funds that are being launched by WWL under our existing Trust charity, Three Wishes.

In launching these new funds, we hope that it will be easier for people to donate to the specific areas of the Trust that they want to. Members of staff will be able to bid for money that is made available by these funds, so that they can buy equipment that will improve the patient experience.  

After the launch, visitors will be able to take advantage of the Talking Space hub on selected days, with different organisations available to speak at different times. The timetable for when organisations will be available, to seek advice from, is as follows:

  • The Alzheimer’s Society: 1.30pm – 3.30pm, the first and third Friday of every month.
  • Wigan and Leigh Carer’s Centre: 1.00pm – 3.00pm, the second and fourth Monday of every month.
  • A Community Link Worker: 1.00pm – 3.00pm, the first and third Wednesday of every month.

All of the above will be taking place in the entrance to the Christopher Home Building at Wigan Infirmary. Please note that the hub will only be manned on the times specified above.

WWL Dementia Lead Nurse, Jean Ramsdale, is very happy that this new scheme is being launched. “I am delighted that we are able to launch the new Carer’s Talking Space at Wigan Infirmary,” she said, “it will allow for expert advice to be given to visitors who may be caring for someone living with dementia in their personal lives. This is crucial, because caring for someone living with dementia is not something that can just be done in hospital. It is something that must be done compassionately and effectively at home, so that people living with dementia can live as full a life as possible.”

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