Visiting hours restrictions have been lifted for carers of patients with dementia at a large trust in London, following the introduction of a â€œpassportâ€ designed by nurses.
Imperial College Healthcare Trust nurses are now handing out cards â€“ known as â€œcarerâ€™s passportsâ€ â€“ to carers of vulnerable patients or people with dementia across all of the organisationâ€™s five hospitals. The card allows them to visit whenever they want.
Designed by clinical nurse specialists Bethany Cotton and Marcelle Tauber, the business-card-sized â€œpassportsâ€ are being accompanied by posters displayed outside each ward, welcoming carers and stating the trustâ€™s wish to work closely with them.
The trust said traditional hospital visiting times did not allow carers to carry out their â€œimportant roleâ€ in helping vulnerable patients with â€œeveryday life experiencesâ€ and hoped this new initiative would improve patientsâ€™ time in hospital.
â€œAs a trust we have always been innovators and the carerâ€™s passports are a simple way to ensure that carers can work in partnership with our hospitals and improve the experience of our most vulnerable patients,â€ said Jo James, lead dementia nurse at the trust.
The new policy has been supported by the patient groupÂ Johnâ€™s Campaign, which is calling on the government to ensure all hospitals allow families and carers of people with dementia to visit them at any time of the day.
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