Refurbishing our elderly care wards

Every year we treat 4,500 frail or elderly patients within University Hospital Southampton.

We are currently raising money to refurbish the specialist dementia ward. Help us to show our patients that they are worth investing in.

£116,254 of £200,000 raised

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Help us to place patients at the heart of everything we do by creating a world-class department for the care of older people over the age of 65.

Every year we treat 4,500 frail or elderly patients at University Hospital Southampton. Since 2014 we’ve seen an increase of about 1,000 patients annually who are living longer with multiple health conditions.

Give older patients in your local hospital a chance to recover – and to regain their independence. Help us to revolutionise the care which is given to our elderly patients.

Bassett ward – enhanced dementia care 

As part of our elderly care refurbishment appeal, we’re raising funds to transform the hospital experience for our elderly patients with specialist equipment that provides a dementia-friendly environment in our Bassett ward. 

Working in partnership with University Hospital Southampton, ways we’d like to transform the ward include: 

  • Making all signage dementia-friendly, colour-coding bays, adding radios, and large clocks with dates. There will also be tables and chairs within the multiple-bedded bays to encourage patients to get out of bed and walk around the ward.
  • Creating an activity day room to stimulate and mobilise our patients, allowing them to socialise with others. As part of this, we will introduce an interactive games projector, games consoles, and exercise equipment.
  • Providing dementia-friendly distractions such as fidgets, games, and sensory stimulation sets. We will also be adding LED bubble installations on the walls.
  • The new visitor room will include a sofa bed and reclining armchair for relatives to remain close to loved ones when on end-of-life-treatment.

Rehabilitation gym

We are delighted to announce that our Medicine for Older People gym opened at the end of 2022!

The new purpose-built specialist gym includes portable projectors and WiiFit technology encouraging our patients to engage in the activities taking place on screen as well as providing adapted exercise equipment and a private space for assessments.

Thank you so much for your support. Without you, this couldn’t have happened!