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Southend Hospital murals help to sooth dementia patients

Dementia patients in Southend will be soothed by memories of Southend gone by after a volunteer artist dedicated 250 hours of his time to create the beautiful murals which will cover the walls of the dementia ward at Southend Hospital.

Richard Ashton is the Volunteer artist who created the murals which took several weeks to complete and about 250 hours of Ashton’s own time.

Ashton is no stranger to Southend Hospital and has previously painted murals in the paediatric outpatients department and a seaside mural in the entrance to the day assessment unit.

The new murals for the dementia wards include images such as the famous pier and iconic Kursaal building close to the seafront. One of the murals shows a glimpse of what Southend high-street would have looked like in the past including shops such a Woolworths.

The hope is that the four Murals, located on the Windsor and Princess Anne wards will spark soothing memories for the patients.

Many medical experts have recommended creating a calm environment to avoid dementia patients becoming distressed. Murals like these can often be helpful to patients as they can trigger memories from their younger years and childhood.

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