Hospitals sign up to John's Campaign

29/05/15

The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed up to a national campaign which supports the rights of carers to stay with their loved ones in hospital.

John’s Campaign was founded after the death of Dr John Gerrard in November 2014, by his daughter Nicci, who believes her father, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, would have benefited greatly if she had been able to stay with him during his time as an inpatient.

Nicci now campaigns nationally for the rights of carers of patients with dementia and other conditions, to be able to stay with their loved ones while they are in hospital.

During Carers Week (June 5 – 12, 2015) Nicci will be visiting Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) to join the Trust as it signs up to her campaign. Artwork created by carers from Carers Gloucestershire will also be on display during the week in the Atrium at GRH.

Heather Beer, Head of Patient Experience, said: “We know that carers provide invaluable support for patients with dementia. We always aim to keep carers actively involved in the care of their loved one as we know it leads to improved experience, quality of care and outcomes for the patient.

“Many of our patients are elderly or frail and would benefit from the nurture of a family member or trusted friend while in hospital. We recognise that carers of patients with dementia should have the freedom to be with them when they are most needed, and that this may often be outside of our regular visiting hours.

“John’s Campaign has brought these important issues to our attention and we are pleased to be able to sign up and make a commitment to support its goals.”

Nicci Gerrard, founder of John’s Campaign, said: “I am honoured to be invited to the Carers Week launch and thrilled by the pledge to support John’s Campaign, which asks that carers of people living with dementia have the same rights as parents of sick children to accompany then in hospital.

 

“Carers are the unsung heroes of our society, this is a great opportunity to recognise their contribution and thank them.”

 

Carers wishing to stay overnight with their loved one will simply need to speak to the ward sister in charge and ask about facilities for an overnight stay. The Trust has a number of reclining chairs which can be used by carers, helping them stay close to the patient and provide the support and reassurance they need.