An award-winning dementia nurse will be hosting an illuminating talk at Solihull Hospital later this month on a condition that is still little-known but affects one in five hospital patients over the age of 70.
The latest health seminar held by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust will be on the topic of ‘Recognising Delirium’ and will be led by senior dementia nurse Phil Hall, who leads the Trust’s Dementia and Delirium Outreach Team (DaDOT).
The outcomes of delirium can be very serious, with increased stays in hospital and the chances of developing a new dementia rising by six times, which is why the Trust is focusing on preventing the condition.
Phil said: “Delirium is a common, serious but often treatable condition that starts suddenly in someone who is unwell. It causes a person to become easily distracted and more confused than normal. Delirium can be very distressing for the person and their family, with potentially very serious outcomes.
“Delirium most commonly affects people with dementia but unfortunately, because of their pre-existing confusion, it is often missed in this group of patients.
“This talk will look at how to spot delirium in someone who already has dementia, what to do when delirium is suspected and how to treat and prevent delirium.
“It will be useful for all staff groups, but also for those at risk of delirium and those who care for people at risk of developing the condition, as well as anyone who has an interest in the area.”
The talk will take place in the Education Centre at Solihull Hospital on Tuesday 23 May, between 5pm and 7pm.
To book your place on the seminar please contact Sandra White, membership and engagement manager at the Trust, on 0121 424 1218 or email email@example.com
The Trust runs 10 health seminars a year to help raise awareness of a range of health conditions, as well as providing information about the treatment and support that is available.
Visit www.heartofengland.nhs.uk/membership to find out more about upcoming seminars and about becoming a member of the Trust.