Highgate Private Hospital celebrates International Nurses Day and shows support for patients suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Director of Nursing, Nursing Services Manager and Senior Sister with their team of nurses and Healthcare Assistants

Highgate Private Hospital celebrated International Nurses Day on the 12th of May.  The hospital team led various activities on the day in celebration including planting forget-me-nots in the hospital grounds to demonstrate support of the great work of the "Dementia Friends" and the Alzheimer's Society, as they continue to push forward the boundaries in these conditions. Christine Etherington, Director of Nursing at Highgate Private Hospital, said "International Nurses Day is a great opportunity to help raise the profile of this condition that can touch any member of our society, how it can disrupt the individual’s daily living and the ripple effect created that touches all the people involved in their life.”

According to NHS England "As the population ages and people live for longer, it has become one of the most important health and care issues facing the world. In England it is estimated that around 676,000 people have dementia. In the whole of the UK, the number of people with dementia is estimated at 850,000."  Highgate Private Hospital, encourages nursing and non clinical staff to sign up and become “Dementia Friends” - a voluntary role where individuals undertake learning about what it's like to live with dementia and then turn this understanding into supportive action.  With the relatively high prevalence of dementia and Alzheimer's, the Dementia Friends initiative plays a key role in raising national awareness and also support within local communities.

The Dementia Friends initiative was launched “to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion." Dr Dominic Mort, Consultant Neurologist at Highgate Private Hospital, said "A dementia or Alzheimer's patient should not be seen as a burden but more as someone who is carrying a huge burden... one that is too heavy to carry alone.  It's important we recognise this as well as the value of early medical diagnosis and treatment, so that families and friends can provide the emotional support that patients need, that they may not be in a position to be able to ask for themselves". 

Mark Hawken, Hospital Director at Highgate Private Hospital, said “Dementia is a complex condition and every person’s experience is different. Often the small changes we make in our approach can make a big difference in avoiding communication difficulties or frustration, and can also help build and maintain good relationships.  Highgate Private Hospital is proud to be part of this initiative and raise the profile of the Dementia Friends and the Alzheimer's Society".

Highgate Private Hospital intends to undertake a fund raising event for our local Dementia Friends initiative in Highgate later in the year.

Bespoke cake made by our very own professional baker, Serice St Vie (Practicing Privileges Lead)

For further information about the services at Highgate Private Hospital, or to arrange an appointment, please contact the hospital on 020 8341 4182 or email

Date: 18/05/2016