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HPFT's Logandene wins prestigious award

02 Nov 17 - 31 Jan 18

A dementia unit run by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT), has been recognised by winning a prestigious award.

The team at Logandene, a standalone NHS dementia care assessment and treatment unit, were honoured for in the ‘External Environment’ category at the Building Better Healthcare Awards, on yesterday.

The external environment at Logandene was the result of an ambitious scheme to leave no stone unturned in crafting an environment considering all aspects of daily life for the individual with dementia. The state-of-the-art refurbishment is part of a £42million investment into top range services across Hertfordshire, which will ensure vulnerable and elderly adults always receive excellent treatment.

The garden at Logandene has been transformed into a flourishing landscaped area where patients can freely walk without direct supervision under the discreet observation of staff. Patients should not feel contained as this leads to frustration and distress, so enabling access to a choice of space is critical to good quality care.

People living with dementia need opportunities to enjoy independence. The new garden space enables patients to journey on a yellow soft pour walkway, guided by hand rails which lead to points of interest, including flower borders, nature and bird feeding areas. The potting shed and raised troughs give patients the opportunity to be involved in gentle gardening activities.

Award judges said: “This is a pleasant controlled scheme, which deserves to win.”

Jess Lievesley, HPFT’s Director of Service Delivery and Service User Experience, said: “Logandene has a phenomenal team, who had the vision to set a new bar for dementia friendly environments. We’re proud of this award and congratulations to the team.

Logandene shows that excellence in specialist dementia care external environments can be achieved through redesign and doesn’t need to be a new build.

The flourishing garden landscape has been well received by patients, visitors and staff, we believe the attention to detail shows our commitment to first class care, enabling our patients to live better with dementia.”

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