Refurbishing our elderly care wards

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

We are building a new rehabilitation gym to help get our patients back on their feet and regain their independence. Help us to show our patients that they are worth investing in.

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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 within 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 on our Bassett ward. 

Ways we’d like to transform the ward includes: 

  • Making all signage dementia-friendly and colour code bays, adding radios, and large clocks with dates. 
  • Provide seating with calming art murals and zones for patients to walk through e.g. beach, meadow. 
  • Create an activity 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, exercise equipment, and dementia-friendly distraction such as fidgets, games, and sensory stimulation sets.
  • Create a quiet space for relatives of patients receiving end-of-life care 

Want to get involved?  

There are many ways you can help our elderly care ward refurbishment project, including: 

Rehabilitation gym

We are excited to announce that work on our Medicine for Older People gym started in January 2022! The room will not only be a place for our elderly patients to exercise both their bodies and minds but also enables us to provide a better hospital experience.

The new purpose-built specialist gym will include elements like plasma screens 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.