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To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on people recovering from operations being placed in small wards with disruptive patients who have dementia, and what guidance it has provided to NHS boards regarding this practice.

Answered by Jamie Hepburn (09/11/2015):

The placement in wards of patients recovering from surgery is a matter for NHS boards. Whilst the Scottish Government has not produced any guidance on this matter it recognises the importance of patients being accommodated in wards where their recovery can best be enabled. In addition, the Scottish Government and NHS Education for Scotland work with NHS boards as part of Scotland's second dementia strategy and the ten dementia care actions in hospital to ensure that patients with dementia are not stigmatised and they are treated in a safe and therapeutic environment. Learning resources have also been produced on the prevention of, and response to, stress and distress of people with dementia.

Current Status: Answered by Jamie Hepburn on 09/11/2015
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