Creating a dementia-friendly hospital

Posted on Thu, 17/08/2017 by Stuart Howes, signmaker, QE Facilities

Stuart Howes, signmaker

I make the signage for all the QE’s hospital sites. One of my main roles is to make the new signs that aim to support people living with dementia who access our services.

Some include pictures as well as words to help reduce the confusion patients can experience when admitted to hospital.

I have also been making coloured back boards for the new dementia-friendly clocks, to help them stand out more against the white walls.

On a typical day, I will find out which signs need making and then design or edit them on the computer. I then print them out, laminate them and may also travel to the different hospital sites to put the signs in place.

 "I feel I am making a difference"

I started work with Queen Elizabeth Facilities in the estates department in July 2016. I have an engineering background and amongst a number of manufacturing jobs, worked as a diamond cutter in the North East and also in India. This involved cutting and polishing diamonds, some as large as six or seven carats, that were worth thousands of pounds.


I love my job and find it a lot more fulfilling than diamond cutting.  The result of your work was just an object to be worn on someone’s finger, but now I feel I am making a difference to people. I have also learned so much about dementia since I started the role and am proud to be involved with a project to help make the QE one of the most dementia-friendly hospitals in the region. 

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