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Photography competition to brighten up new ward

Yeovil District Hospital is running a photography competition with the winners' photos due to be displayed on one of its wards which is currently being redesigned to make it more dementia-friendly.

The hospital was awarded £350,000 by the Department of Health earlier this year; it was one of just 42 NHS projects to be selected out of a total of 157 NHS projects considered by the DOH. The money will be spent on transforming the trauma and orthopaedics ward and making it as therapeutic, safe and stimulating as possible for patients with dementia and their relatives.
As part of the new ward design, Janine Valentine, Nurse Consultant for Dementia and Elderly Care, has decided to use photographs of the local area to help dementia patients with recollection.

She says: "Having photographs of places that patients recognise and also photographs from the past is a fantastic way to engage with people with dementia. We want to make their stay in the hospital as positive as possible and a selection of local photographs that trigger memories and prompt conversation will really help to bring the hospital environment alive."
There are four categories in the competition: Somerset Countryside (landscapes, wildlife, local beauty spots); Somerset at work (images of people being active - these have a really positive effect on dementia patients); Somerset in the past (photos of days gone by); and Somerset in pictures (any photos that are relevant to the area).

There is an entry fee of £1.50 per photograph and all proceeds will go towards dementia-friendly changes to the ward's environment – including en suite facilities, a music room, two double rooms to cater for couples and a dining room. Closing date for entries is Friday 29th November.