‘POP-UP’ 1950s living rooms are set to bring comfort and relaxation to elderly patients with dementia at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.
Several Reminiscence Pods – or RemPods for short – are being bought for Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust just days after the invention featured on BBC show Dragon’s Den.
The League of Friends is funding the purchase of four RemPods for Queen’s Hospital at a total cost of £4,500.
Pauline Spratt, chairman of the League of Friends, said: “We are very pleased to have agreed this purchase and were very impressed by creator Richard Ernest’s display when he came to Queen’s earlier this year.
“We spoke to many members of the public and staff who also agreed.
“We felt that the purchase of the RemPods will greatly improve the experience for dementia patients in hospital.”
Patients and visitors at Queen’s Hospital got their first chance to see a 1950s RemPod during national Dementia Awareness Week in May when Mr Ernest set up one of the pop-up rooms in the main corridor at the hospital.
The RemPods can be quickly and easily assembled and includes 1950s decor, furnishings, period newspapers and magazines, a television playing recordings of old black and white shows and an old style radio playing 1950s tunes thanks to modern technology embedded inside it.
They are due to be delivered next week.
Viewers of Dragon’s Den, on BBC2 on Sunday night, saw Gloucestershire-based RemPods creator Mr Ernest win over dragons Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden who agreed to make a joint £100,000 investment in his company.
Mr Ernest, who came up with the idea in 2009, said the nostalgic features of the RemPods all help to stimulate chat and promote a ‘relaxed, calmer state of mind’.
Brendan Brown, hospital director of nursing, said: “We have been very impressed with the RemPods. They provide so many authentic items.”