Nurses and health professionals from around the Isle of Wight came together to celebrate the launch of the new Admiral Nurse service on Nurses’ Day – Thursday 12th May.
An appeal to bring Admiral Nurses to the Island was initiated by Lady Sally Grylls, a champion for Dementia care on the Island, two years ago. At the event, Mr Ron Holland, former Island High Sheriff spoke about his personal experience of dementia and the important role that Admiral Nurses play in the care of both patients and their carers.
The Island’s Admiral Nurses will work with the family to ensure that they are better able to understand and cope with the changes that can occur with dementia, by giving them the knowledge to understand the condition and its effects, and the skills to improve communication and behaviours. This collaborative working enables the family to stay together for as long as possible.
There are three Admiral Nurses covering the Island and two more Nurses are expected to be recruited over the coming months; one of which is being funded by and will work with the Earl of Mountbatten Hospice. Access to the NHS funded service can be made through the Memory Service at St. Mary’s Hospital whereby an assessment is carried out to identify the needs of those people with dementia who are under the care of the Memory service.
Welcoming the addition of Admiral Nurses to the Island was Chief Admiral Nurse and Chief Executive Officer for Dementia UK, Hilda Hayo, who said: “We’re pleased that the Island now has
the support of our Admiral Nurses, whose dementia expertise aids the physical and emotional wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers. The Admiral Nursing model is proven to give
carers the skills and emotional support they need for prevention of crises, and this helps to reduce the contact time of affected families’ with GPs, nurses and social workers, and reduce health and
social care costs.”