Ward Refurbishments, Daisy Hill House


Status: Complete

Scope: Intensive Therapy Centre (ITC) and Dementia Assessment Unit (DAU) refurbishments comprising extensive refurbishment of two floors; internal alterations, redecoration, replacement floor finishes, work to Mechanical and Electrical Installations, Lift Installation, external works and drainage at Daisy Hill House, Lynfield Mount Hospital, Bradford


Mr Andrew Morris, Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities for Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust expresses his thanks to the whole of the Design Team:

“I just wanted to say a sincere thank you for the Trust’s new Dementia Assessment Unit, and for a memorable opening event yesterday. You’ll be aware better than I am that our dementia assessment service and the Trust are delighted with the excellent refurbishment you have achieved and for putting a further ‘shine’ on this at yesterday’s opening event with excellent facilities and services.

I find it difficult to express in words my admiration for your unwavering devotion to the very highest NHS standards – an absolute requirement for excellence for our service users and staff. Working together, you have provided the people of Bradford & Airedale with a dementia assessment unit which, in my view, is without equal in the Country. You have defined a new benchmark for team working and refurbishment which will stand us in good stead for our future refurbishments too. Our service users and staff always deserve the very best, and I’m delighted to be able to say that, once again, you have delivered.”

In the News:

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A reminiscence board is located by the door of each patient’s room, where family and friends can put photographs from patient’s past to make them feel more at home.

It also includes a quiet lounge for patients’ families to relax and an activity room for patients to meet up and also to take part in one-to-one therapy sessions.

It was officially opened by designer Annie Pollock, director of landscape design and architecture at the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre.

The patients stay at the state-of-the-art unit for three months until they are given a relocation package to other sites, which may include nursing homes.

Allison Bingham, deputy director of specialist impatient services, who will oversee the site, said: “It’s very exciting.” “We have even gone beyond the regulations for this. It is a 24/7 service here. “Patients stay with us for three months and then receive support from nursing homes. “It is three years since the consultation ended on the new unit. We visited other centres of excellence. “It is a tremendously innovative unit. “We have increased the number of beds at Airedale, which is 19, to 22 at Lynfield Mount.”

Staff and carers were involved in choosing design plans and the unit, which was previously used by Lynfield Mount’s older people’s Duchy Court ward.

The female patients rooms are decorated in purple, while the male rooms are painted in green.

Each patients’ bedroom door resembles a front door of a house to make their stay more comfortable, with traditional domestic hot and cold taps also used in each bathroom.

Jacquie Edwards, Ward Manager, says it is an exciting time for the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, as the new unit opens its doors.

By Mark Stanford

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The unit is light, bright and spacious, allowing people to wander safely without becoming disoriented. Familiar beauty spots in the Bradford district feature in the décor, with 10 wall to floor murals of iconic locations such as the Cow and Calf, Skipton Castle, and the Alhambra Theatre.

Dr Gregor Russell, Consultant Psychiatrist and Lead Consultant for dementia at the Trust said: “As the illness of a person with dementia progresses, their ability to make sense of their environment often decreases. It has been very important when designing this space to look at practical ways to help people be independent for as long as possible.”

“Environment is a crucial factor of care to consider, as it can either enable or disable a person. If a person can make more sense of their surroundings it will help to make them feel more comfortable, and so reduce their anxiety and distress,” he added

The unit also has two landscaped outdoor spaces, a visitors’ room, quiet lounge with comfortable furnishings and therapeutic space for one to one meetings and small group sessions for activities like reminiscence therapy.

The Trust will be moving its entire dementia assessment unit at Ward 24 at Airedale General Hospital to the purpose built facility in Lynfield Mount which used to be its older people’s Duchy Court ward.

The same staff who are at Airedale will be moving over to Bradford too to continue looking after people who are acutely unwell with dementia from across Bradford, Airedale and Craven.

By Kathie Griffiths

Client: Bradford District NHS Care Trust

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