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Taking a trip down memory lane at The Vic

NHS staff and contractors at the Memory Corridor at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

NHS staff and contractors at the Memory Corridor at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

The finishing touches have been made to the UK’s largest memory corridor, which opens at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Memory Lane features 72m of the most memorable sights of Blackpool, and even includes sounds and smells of the town.

The sections of large-scale photographs, which have been approved by a patient focus group, include Stanley Park, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Promenade.

The £30,000 corridor, which was given funding by the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, is aimed at patients with 
dementia or memory impairment, and invites them to take a stroll while remembering their time in Blackpool.

The Vic’s practice development sister Samantha Woodhouse, who sits on the dementia advisory board at Blackpool Teaching Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We realised we needed to enhance the healing environment, especially for people with dementia, and that we had this fantastic space where we could help taken patients out of the clinical surroundings of the hospital and into this calming one, which helps them reflect on their earlier days in Blackpool.

“Here we have something that’s warm and thought 
provoking, where people can sit, relax and enjoy the view.”

The wall is being opened by Blackpool football legend Jimmy Armfield on Friday.

Sam added: “We want everyone to come and take a stroll. Already, people have had a look and it’s lovely to see their faces.”

There are seven sections of the Memory Corridor, including Stanley Park, where you can stop and smell flowers thanks to Pristine Hygiene Services. The sports arena section features several different sporting games, including Blackpool’s 1953 FA Cup win over Bolton, and other sections featured are Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Promenade, where the smell of sweets is projected, The Grand Theatre, Blackpool Circus and the workplace.

 

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