Dementia Award Winners
‘Dementia Friendly’ Dyneley House Surgery Scoops National Award
Dyneley House Surgery in Skipton has scooped a national award for its ‘Outstanding Contribution to Dementia Friendly Communities’.
Recognising the steps taken by the surgery to improve the lives of people living with dementia, the practice received the accolade at the 2015 England and Wales Dementia Friendly Awards, hosted by television presenter, Angela Rippon.
Earlier this year, Dyneley House which is part of NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (AWC CCG), took the pioneering step of adapting its reception area to become dementia friendly.
- decorating the patient waiting areas using contrasting paintwork between walls and doorways
- displaying local images, a dementia-friendly clock with clear figures and other familiar objects in the surgery
- fitting new toilet seats and light switches.
Practice manager, Antony Radley said: “We are thrilled to be the winner of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Dementia Friendly Communities’ category.
“This is a fantastic achievement for the practice and confirms our commitment to provide high quality care and best possible outcomes for our patients living with dementia, their families and carers.”
Dr Colin Renwick, the CCG’s Clinical Chair, added: “The CCG is delighted to hear Dyneley House has received such a prestigious accolade.
“We applaud the GPs, Antony and all the staff for their innovative steps to make the practice dementia friendly which are clearly making a real difference to patients with dementia and their carers.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are around 800,000 people in the UK with dementia with the number increasing as people live longer. By 2021 it is estimated there will be around one million living with the condition which is associated with ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities.
This includes problems with:
- memory loss
- thinking speed
- mental agility
Dementia Care Interview with Stray FM
Dyneley House Surgery recently took part in a radio interview with Stray FM about their innovative solutions to improving dementia care for patients. Please click on the link below to read the feature and listen to the interview.
Children Visit the Doctors to Learn about Staying Healthy
Ninety children from Parish & Ings primary schools in Skipton visited Dyneley House Surgery to build on their knowledge of the benefits of eating healthily and being active.
Children visited the fruit and vegetable garden at the Practice based on Newmarket Street and planted pea and bean seeds to take home and grow in their own gardens and on their window ledges. Children listened to each other’s heartbeats using some of the Practice’s medical equipment and then joined in a quiz to guess the names of some less familiar types of fruit such as pomegranates, kiwi and mangoes . A winner from each school collected a family swim ticket prize donated by Craven Swimming Pool.
Antony Radley, Practice Manager said “ The schools have been fantastic. We wrote to them in the autumn to explain our plans to develop the gardens at the Practice, so that we can reinforce learning about the benefits of eating healthily and being active. A group of staff volunteers spent the winter and spring weeding and planting the garden areas, culminating in the visits today”.
“We are really keen to work with local people to help them to look after their health. Some children associate negative feelings with a visit to the doctors as they are usually unwell or something hurts but we want them to be confident about speaking to their GP and to feel able to approach them about issues that they need help with as they grow older.”
The Practice has recently upgraded its patient waiting areas to be dementia friendly and has a monthly education programme for patients to help them to learn more about their conditions. Dyneley House Surgery has also formed partnerships with voluntary sector organisations to offer a Well Being Café for local people which takes place every Thursday afternoon in Dyneley Barn and creative sessions for people with dementia every Friday. Further details are available from the Practice.
Surgery to Make Further Improvements for Patients
Twelve months after Dyneley House Surgery created a new consulting room and refurbished its patient waiting areas, the Practice is making further improvements by upgrading Dyneley Barn.
Dyneley Barn which is used to deliver the Practice's health promotion activities and training also has 2 consulting rooms used for sexual health, podiatry and counselling services.
The refurbishment of the Barn will increase the number of consulting rooms in Dyneley Barn to 5! Antony Radley, Practice Manager said "we are delighted to be able to improve facilities again for patients. The addition of a further 3 consulting rooms allows us to plan for the future by enabling us to accommodate more patients and deliver a greater range of services in the community".
Builders will start work on Monday 22 February and last for approximately 6 weeks.
Patient Survey 2016
Patient feedback is extremely important to the Practice. Working with our Patient Participation Group, the Practice is running a Patient Survey during April. The Survey can be accessed via the 'Have Your Say' tab on the Practice website (www.dyneleyHousesurgery.co.uk) or from Reception. Thanks for taking some time to help us improve the service for all of our patients.
Patients are asked to take extra care when visiting the Practice during the bad weather as sometimes surfaces can be slippery.
Change to our Wednesday Evening Session from Wednesday 7 December 2016
From Wednesday 7 December 2016, a member of our Nurse Team will also be available to see patients in addition to a GP between 18:30 and 19:30 when the Surgery will close until 08:00 the next day. Please speak to a receptionist if you would like to book an appointment.
If you require medical assistance when the Surgery is closed, please dial '111'. If you have a medical emergency, dial '999'.