Dementia Friendly Ward Refurbishment – Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Enhanced Dementia Care Environments


Lambeth, London


Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust



Complete 2014

Project description:
This project began by helping the client to develop a vision for improved dementia care in order to successfully secure government funding and make the project happen.  It builds on our recent experience of designing for this growing demographic at Roker & Mowbray Dementia Care Centre.

The design enhances the environment for patients with dementia as they move through a typical care pathway from attendance to assessment; admission; step-down and on to continuing care. The project includes work on a number of sites within the trust’s estate to support a comprehensive and consistent strategy of improvement including: accident and emergency, a number of older patient acute wards, intermediate care unit and community facilities.

Key areas of design included Physical Safety, Way-Finding and Stimulation.

Staff areas have been re-configured so that the typical visual “clutter” of administration and equipment is out of sight. Patient areas will be more legible, free of confusing visual information with place-making within the ward corridor, introducing art work and seating to rest and capture interest.

As a series of refurbishment works, construction logistics have been carefully planned around maintaining occupied wards and addressing complex site conditions. The resulting phased construction programme for the Enhanced Dementia Care Environments has only been possible by close coordination with ward and estate staff.

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