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Herts and Essex ambulance service appeals for knitters to create TwiddleMuffs for dementia patients

Pictured: Ryan Nelson and Heidi Clements (12758899)
Pictured: Ryan Nelson and Heidi Clements (12758899)

Bishop's Stortford's ambulance service is appealing for knitters to help create a comforter for patients with dementia.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust wants to provide every crew with a stock of TwiddleMuffs.

The knitted handmuff is decorated with buttons and ribbons inside and out, which enables patients living with dementia to have visual and sensory stimulation when going to hospital.

Education and training officer Heidi Clements said: "I gave the pattern to my nan, a seasoned knitter, and asked her to produce some samples for delivery of our dementia care training sessions. These sessions are being delivered to all staff in EEAST to improve understanding of the condition and to ensure our staff can offer the most appropriate care.

"We want to provide a more comfortable experience for patients living with dementia as this can be a potentially confusing and scary time whilst being transported to hospital in an ambulance.

"We're searching for volunteers with any level of knitting ability to help us build a basic stock of Twiddlemuffs so every ambulance can have one as and when they are needed."

Every TwiddleMuff returns home with the patient for them to keep.

The ambulance service has put a downloadable pattern for the muffs online. Once knitted they should be sent to EEAST TwiddleMuffs, Alex Moorehouse Way, Costessey, NR5 0JT.

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