Good afternoon and welcome to Exbury ward at St James.
For people who don’t know me, I’m Andy Tysoe, Clinical
Services Coordinator and a nurse by background.
We are here to (Finally!!), officially open the Exbury
Dignity Garden, a garden designed specifically for people
Dementia is a devastating illness - for the person with
dementia and, their families – it robs people of their
memory, cognitive ability and retirement. It affects
Pompey fans and players, presidents and prime ministers.
People with dementia need dignified, person-centred care
to be able to maintain their wellbeing and environments
that support this something that I believe we achieve here
in our department.
I was interviewed by the Department of Health last week
and was asked my views on the Dignity In Care agenda –
I commented that I strongly believed dignity in care was
everybody’s business, from the board to the ward, with
everyone playing their part.
This has certainly been the case with our Dignity Garden,
with our director of service agreeing to the work, our
director of finance paying for it, and staff from the ward,
giving input into the design.
When it came round to choosing someone to open the
garden formally, I initially approach the then Care
Services Minister, Ivan Lewis, and other ‘usual suspects’,
including Harry ‘what’s-his-name’ from Pompey, but with
no success and really, I wanted someone far more
relevant, and important too.
So who better then, than Len Phillips, an ex-Pompey and
England legend and, a person with dementia and a patient
on the ward. Described by the media as ‘possibly the most
gifted inside forward ever to play for Pompey, making 145
appearances and ‘only’ scoring 48 goals!
With kind permission from Lens family, I cannot think of
anyone better to open our Dignity Garden and I am
honoured that he has agreed to do this not only in the
presence of the FA Cup, but more importantly in the
presence of ex-players and friends, and his loved ones.