Dementia patients at East Surrey Hospital, run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH), received a donation of MP3 music players from the Purple Angel Foundation, a global dementia campaign.
A hospital environment can often be an unfamiliar place for people with dementia. The Purple Angel campaign, set up to support people living with dementia raised money through crowd funding for the MP3 players and donated them to patients who are being treated at East Surrey Hospital. Music can be a form of therapy – particularly music from their youth which evokes feelings of nostalgia and comfort.
Norms McNamara, the founder of the Global Purple Angel campaign said: “The MP3 players improve [the patients’] lifestyle, wellbeing and general health via personalised music therapy which has proved hugely successful in other hospitals.”
The number of people being diagnosed with dementia is growing, so the need to provide treatment spaces that offer comfort and ease is becoming increasingly important. There are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this is set to rise to over one million by 2021 (Dementia UK)*.
Chris O’Connor, Consultant Admiral nurse (specialist nurse for dementia) at East Surrey Hospital, said: “We are very grateful to the Purple Angel Foundation who generously donated these MP3 players. They will be used on a number of wards including care of the elderly and in the emergency department. Music is one of the ways to help create a level of familiarity in what can otherwise be a daunting, clinical setting for patients, as it is proven to reduce anxiety and distress. It can create an atmosphere the patient can relate to and stimulate positive memories.”