WORK to create dementia friendly wards at St Mary’s Hospital has started.
It is among a number of improvements that are underway, or due to start soon, according to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
Funded by government, the dementia friendly work at Appley and Colwell wards includes colour-coded doorways, lights that mimic daylight and better signs that include pictures, and is expected to take several weeks.
Appley matron Tracey Cloke said: "We all know that coming into hospital is a stressful time for everyone, but for those with dementia it can be a bewildering and terrifying experience. This work aims to reduce some of the anxiety by providing an environment which is more relaxing and easier to understand for those with dementia."
Other improvements are planned, including an upgrade of the medical assessment unit (MAU) and the creation of two single-story extensions to increase accommodation, which is due to be finished next March.
Work has already started on creating a new discharge lounge and therapy area for patients receiving intravenous medication.
Over the summer the intensive care unit (ICU) and coronary care unit (CCU), will be located on a single site, allowing critically ill patients to be cared for by staff sharing the same working environment. The work is due to be completed by next February.
Trust chief executive Karen Baker said: "We will, of course, do the best we can to keep noise and disruption to a minimum and, acting on previous feedback from patients, we are ensuring we accommodate them in suitable areas of the hospital during the works to ensure they are not affected."