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Monday, 20 November 2017
Haughley Ward
Ward telephone no: 01473 702681
Sister: Julie Tomlin
Nearest car park:
Nearest entrance:
Directions from entrance to ward:
Car Park F. View car parking information.
Entrance 2 (South Wards)
From entrance 2 follow the signs to Haughley Ward. View hospital map.
Overview: Haughley Ward is part of the Constable Suite, an area which cares for people with complex care needs.
Visiting times: Visiting times are 10.30 am – 3.30 pm daily.

Haughley Ward has recently reviewed its visiting times in response to incidences of increased anxiety, agitation and distress caused by 'sundowning'. Sundowning is a syndrome that generally affects people with dementia, who can become more confused, restless, upset, suspicious or disorientated and insecure late in the afternoon or evening, it can be worse after a change in a person’s routine, like an admission to hospital. Haughley Ward cares for people with complex needs and many of the patients have a dementia or delirium (acute confusion). The impact from a busy ward environment and visitors and the detrimental effect to people with a dementia has not always been considered, noise that is acceptable to most of us and we may not even notice can be particularly distressing to people with dementia. We have taken the decision to reduce the noise and activity on the ward late afternoon and evening to help patients to remain calm by changing visiting hours to 10.30am – 3.30pm. We appreciate that this creates some difficulties for visiting but really hope you will support this initiative to improve patient care.

Please assist ward staff by only visiting at the above times, unless you have made other arrangements with the ward sister or charge nurse. Lunch and dinner are protected mealtimes so please do not visit between 12 noon and 1pm or 5 and 6pm.
No of visitors per bed: We request that there are only two visitors at a time and children under 12 should not visit. We ask that visitors are considerate to the needs of other patients on the ward.
Meal times: Breakfast        8 am
Lunch             12 noon
Dinner            5 pm Refreshments will be served during and in between meal times.
Anyone wishing to assist their family member with meals should discuss this with the nursing staff.
Other information: Good communication is very important to everyone: the patient, the family carer, relatives, friends and the nursing team. We would therefore be grateful if. with the permission of the patient, one person such as the family carer or a relative or friend becomes the 'key contact' to enquire about the patient's progress during their stay on the ward, and then passes this information on to others who may be concerned.All other information can be found in the 'Staying as an Inpatient' booklet.

 

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