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Leicester’s Hospitals welcomes Sarah Merrill as new Admiral Nurse
Press release date23/05/2019
Leicester’s Hospitals are excited to announce a new Admiral Nursing service. This service has been established in partnership with Dementia UK, in support of their belief that people who need the support of a specialist dementia nurse should have access to one. Dementia UK are working to increase the number of Admiral Nurses across the UK and Leicester is now one of only sixteen acute hospitals to offer this service for patients and families.
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Sarah Merrill - Admiral Nurse Sarah Merrill, Admiral Nurse at Leicester's Hospitals, with a patient in the Happy Times Cafe at Leicester Royal Infirmary
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The Admiral Nurse service is a newly launched initiative. Work will be influenced by listening to patients and their family to gain feedback about what is important and needed when admitted to hospital. This will determine how the service can support patients and families in the frailty units. 

The new service will focus in specific areas to supplement and work alongside the multi-disciplinary team that is already in place, in particularly the geriatricians. The ultimate aim is to support more and more people living with dementia in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland when they come into hospital.

Sarah Merrill has joined Leicester’s Hospitals as its first Admiral Nurse. Sarah said, “‘I am really pleased to be working in our hospitals to support people living with Dementia and their families when they need it the most. Caring can be a lonely and exhausting role and as Admiral Nurses we are here to look out for families who have complex needs. I am looking forward to working with staff to share best practise and improve care and outcomes for our patients living with Dementia."

Sarah Stoneley, consultant geriatrician at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “We are delighted to have Sarah join our team. Admiral Nurses are specialist nurses that offer unique dementia expertise that can help a person living with a diagnosis of dementia, and their families, have more positive experiences and face new challenges with confidence.

“Sarah’s role will be to assist in integration and improvement of care for our patients and their families during their journey through our hospitals, help to improve communication between them and staff and improve upon discharge processes, which in turn can help to reduce the time a person remains in hospital and the frequency of their admissions.

“In addition, Sarah’s role will also be to provide support to our workforce to improve upon their knowledge and skills, providing valuable links into available community services and building on working relationships with other admiral nurses in Leicestershire and allied health care professionals working in the community.

“We are certain that Sarah’s role will positively impact on patients, their families and staff and we are very excited for the future of care for those living with a diagnosis of dementia within the trust.”

Monday 20th May marked the start of Dementia Action Week 2019. It is estimated that approximately 11,910 people are living with dementia across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. People with dementia tend to have a longer inpatient stay and are at increased risk of re-admission to hospital.


When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia, their families, carers and members of the multi professional team to provide one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions, that can be hard to find elsewhere.

The new service will provide a link to community services and key partners in supporting people with dementia, their families and carers on discharge. Admiral Nurses are continually trained, developed and supported by Dementia UK.


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