Cornwall hospital dementia patients get new facilities

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A 27-bed ward treating elderly patients with dementia at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is undergoing a change of use.

The hospital, at Treliske near Truro, said the change at Grenville Ward was part of a major redevelopment plan.

Patients will be cared for in another specialist ward or in the community by the Cornwall Partnership Trust.

Hospital managers said the ward would be used for kidney patients, but added care for dementia patients would improve.

Medical director Dr Paul Upton said: "People are staying for longer than they should do in an acute hospital setting.

"Dementia patients are much better cared for in a specialist unit or a community setting."

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