Dame Gill impressed with Sunderland dementia care centre

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A HEALTH boss has officially opened the award-winning dementia centre at Monkwearmouth Hospital.

The centre, which provides treatment and assessment for people with the degenerative brain condition, welcomed its first patients last November.

Dame Gill, chairwoman of the Alzheimer’s Society and the Foundation Trust Network, officially opened the facility yesterday.

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust chairman Hugh Morgan Williams, said: “The dementia centre and its dedicated staff have already made a massive difference to some of our service users and carers, and will continue to be a place of comfort and compassion for many years to come.”

Dame Gill was escorted around the 24-bed building. The £10million project includes individual en-suite rooms, communal areas, gardens, therapeutic activity rooms, a recreation kitchen and memory walk.

Earlier this year the building was named as the first NHS building in the country to be awarded a gold design award from the prestigious Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling.

Dame Gill said: “People with dementia in and around Sunderland can now be offered a new purpose-built environment that is crucial to ensuring the best possible outcome, at an often very difficult time for people with dementia and their carers.”