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Chesterfield Royal Hospital appoints dementia assessment nurses

Melody and Marcia, Chesterfield Royal Hospital's new dementia assessment nurses

Chesterfield Royal Hospital has appointed two dementia assessment nurses. They will assess everyone over the age of 75 admitted in an emergency to see if they have signs of dementia. The hospital hopes that this will ensure that people who need it get early access to support.

There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, including more than 17,000 younger people, with 60,000 deaths directly attributable to dementia per year. Only 43% of people with dementia in the UK receive a diagnosis.

New nurses to take on roles in Chesterfield

More nurses at Chesterfield Royal Credit: Calendar

Chesterfield Royal Hospital has announced it's going to be employing more nurses. 40 new staff will be taken on to work across 9 wards following an investment of almost one and a half million pounds.

It's after concerns were raised in a staff survey last year which said there weren't enough nurses on some wards and they were having to take on temporary or agency staff to cope.

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New hospital entrance after fire

The new-look entrance Credit: Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital is preparing to re-open its main entrance ten months after it was destroyed by fire.

The blaze began on 25 June 2011 following an electrical fault on a drink chilling machine. It took firefighters more than three hours to bring it under control.

The new reception area Credit: Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The entrance is going to open for outpatients on Tuesday 8 May.

Wards Re-open to visitors at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Almost all the wards that were closed to visitors after an outbreak of Norovirus at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, will re-open tomorrow. With the exception of the Pearson Ward which still has cases of the bug, all wards will be open for visitors from 2.30pm - 4.30pm and 6.30pm - 8.00pm.

This has been a very difficult situation and the decision to close to visitors was one of the hardest we have ever had to take. As Norovirus is not a hospital acquired infection and spreads through person to person contact, the best way to contain it was to reduce the flow of people to essential personnel only.

– Chief Nurse Alfonzo Tramontano, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

The trust is running a Facebook Poll for visitors to have their say on the measures that are in place.