Fylde MP Mark Menzies welcomes new dementia garden at Clifton Hospital

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Fylde MP Mark Menzies today welcomed a new dementia garden to be created within the grounds of Clifton Hospital.

The new beauty spot will see a tranquil and relaxing space created for patients, which will allow them to enjoy the fresh air, while providing the necessary security and safety in the grounds of the hospital on Clifton Drive, St Annes.

Clifton Hospital has three wards which cater for patients with varying levels of dementia. Last year, its nurses received Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Team of the Year gong at its annual awards ceremony.

Mr Menzies was invited to a sod-cutting ceremony today to mark work starting on the new garden.

He said: “Fylde is somewhere where we have a great many dementia patients and improving care and facilities for those people is a subject which I feel passionately about.

“I have fought for years to have Fylde recognised as a beacon for dementia care and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been behind some really innovative projects to improve the lives of local people with dementia, as well as their carers.

“Initiatives such as this are so important as dementia is one of the UK’s biggest health challenges and we have only seen the tip of the iceberg so far. We are, unfortunately, going to see more and more people diagnosed with this terrible disease over the coming years so it is vital we are ready to give them the care and support they need.

“The Government recognises this and has put a great deal of funding towards dementia care projects and attempts to find a cure for the disease, something which I have supported wholeheartedly.

“On a more local level, being able to provide someone who is frightened or confused with a tranquil and safe garden where they can enjoy the fresh air without any safety or security concerns is extremely commendable and I cannot wait to see the space when it is complete.”

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Image 1: Fylde MP Mark Menzies with staff members from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and VIP guests at the sod cutting ceremony for Clifton Hospital’s new dementia garden

Image 2: Mark Menzies MP viewing the plans for Clifton Hospital’s new dementia garden

 

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