Deutsche Hypo volunteers raise patients’ spirits with tea party

08 May 2018

Earlier this year, our funding enabled the Dementia and Delirium team to rejuvenate four day rooms at The Royal London Hospital. Two of these were transformed into vintage tea rooms. In April, the day rooms hosted some amazing tea parties, organised by volunteers from Deutsche Hypothekenbank AG, to get patients out of their beds and boost spirits throughout the ward.

Twenty volunteers from the company funded and hosted an afternoon tea, designed to improve patients' quality of life during their hospital stay and give them a chance to socialise.

In the older people’s wards, it can sometimes be difficult to motivate patients to get out of bed. Additionally, when hospitalised, the calorie intake of patients often drops because they are inactive. A delicious spread of cakes, sandwiches, coffee and tea encouraged the patients to eat and get out and about.  The volunteers from Deutsche Hypo served the tea, talked to patients and listened to their stories. Games brought in by the volunteers also facilitated socialising amongst the patients.

One of the volunteers, Susie Bassett, said, “It was lovely to see so many smiling faces, we hope our small input made a difference to at least one person’s day.”

As the tea party continued, the volunteers loaded up a trolley and brought some of the food around the ward. This made sure that everybody got a chance to get involved, even if they were unable to leave their bed.

The team from Deutsche Hypo also made a donation towards the cost of the next afternoon tea. They hope that the rejuvenated day rooms will continue to host volunteer-led tea parties. The Dementia Lead Nurse at Barts Trust, Lynda McNab, said, “We are so grateful for the kindness and generosity of the Deutsche Hypo staff, for giving up their time and having so much energy with the patients and nursing team. It was such a wonderfully positive experience for everyone.”

Thank you to the staff on the Dementia and Delirium team and the volunteers from Deutsche Hypo for improving the hospital experience for older patients at The Royal London.

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