The dementia and delirium team at Musgrove are delighted to be equipped with their bright yellow ‘tool kits’, courtesy of a generous donation  to the League of Friends by housing developers, Taylor Wimpey.

Packed with dementia friendly activities and assessment aids, these tool kits will enable Becky Furze, the dementia nurse specialist and the Dementia and Delirium Team support workers, Covi Garcia, Emily  Hitchens and Amy Baldwin to be able to attend referrals from the wards without delay thus speeding up the process of assessment and diagnosis.

The team were thrilled with the bags and thanked Taylor Wimpey for this much appreciated resource that will make such a difference to their work.

At any one time, the team have between 40 and 50 referrals on their list.  In September, over a four week period, Musgrove took part in a national audit of dementia looking at all admissions over the age of 55.  Of the 1470 patients admitted to Musgrove, 169 had dementia, either diagnosed or undiagnosed.