Basildon Hospital: Gifts for patients with dementia

ADDITIONAL therapy is now available for Basildon University Hospital patients living with dementia, thanks to a generous donation of £7,000 from the League of Friends.

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The software system enables patients to listen to music, look at photos and play interactive games. Known as RITA, which stands for Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities, the tool can be used by patient themselves or with a nurse, therapist or carer to engage them in different activities, relieving boredom and reducing isolation.

The trust already has one RITA system which was bought with a £7,000 donation from the Rotary Club in Grays. This has been used on the older people’s wards and occasionally on acute wards in medicine and surgery.

Jane Gilby, Admiral nurse and dementia lead, said: “We got excellent feedback on RITA from patients and staff. I approached the League of Friends to see if they would fund another one for the surgical and orthopaedic division and they kindly agreed.

“To have second RITA is a fantastic addition to the support and facilities we offer our patients who are living with dementia. We are so grateful to the League of Friends for their fundraising efforts and their generosity.”

Members of the League of Friends came to present the new system to staff on Burstead Ward. The League of Friends rely entirely on the generosity of volunteers to run the tea bars at Basildon University Hospital. If you think you could spare a few hours to help, please call 01268 793864.

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