Pictures of Peterborough’s past help patients at hospital

Chris Porsz with Dementia Nurse Specialist Alison Gray and Ward A9 Deputy Sister Jim Ntuli.

Chris Porsz with Dementia Nurse Specialist Alison Gray and Ward A9 Deputy Sister Jim Ntuli.

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Pictures of Peterborough from yesteryear are helping elderly patients feel at home while in hospital.

An array of images taken in the 1980s – depicting life in Cathedral Square, Peterborough Market and workers at the former Yaxley brickyards were donated to wards A9 and B14 at Peterborough City Hospital by local paramedic and avid photographer Chris Porsz. Chris made the donation following a conversation with the Trust’s Dementia Nurse Specialist Alison Gray, who highlighted how old photographs can make a real difference to the hospital stay for patients with dementia.

The framed black and white pictures are already proving to be a hit with older patients who recognise the old perspectives of our fast-changing city and enjoy the fond memories that they trigger.

Alison said: “Using old photographs as a way to engage with patients who have dementia is very effective. Often it is a good way to encourage a patient who is feeling a bit isolated into having a conversation and this, in turn, this helps them to settle better on the ward.

“We all love looking at old photos and Chris has provided us with some wonderful shots of our city. We are really grateful for his support.”

Chris said: “Dementia touches so many lives, including my own, and for that reason I am only too pleased to help. I hope the patients enjoy their trip down Memory Lane.”