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A hospital has built a replica bus stop inside its A&E department to help people with dementia feel at home.
Southend University Hospital has constructed the stand with its own sign, timetable and bench – but no buses will be driving through the department.
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It's hoped the stop will provide a familiar sight for people suffering from the brain-damaging disease, which can leave them feeling lost, confused and anxious.
Research has found giving dementia patients something they remember well to look at can help to calm them down – and a bus stop may be recognisable for many.
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'Research has found that individuals become much more relaxed at the sight of a bus stop, sitting down and waiting for their "bus home",' said Sarah Ecclestone, a senior nurse at the hospital.
'Unfortunately, patients with dementia often have short term memory problems and can become agitated in unfamiliar surroundings, often wandering, with the common theme of patients wanting to go home.
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'Although patients may have short term memory loss, they are often able to recall familiar everyday landmarks from their long term memory and a bus stop can be one of those.'
Around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, which causes nerve connections in the brain to break down.
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