THE foyer of Arrowe Park Hospital has been transformed into a 1950s'-style cinema as part of dementia awareness week.

A 'reminiscent pod' aimed at helping patients with the condition has been set up to raise awareness and showcase the hospital's innovative work around the condition.

This is one of a number of 'reminiscent rooms' on its wards, which also includes a retro-themed dining room, a 1950s' Memories Café and Memories Pub.

These reminiscent spaces are aimed at triggering conversations and memories.

In Wirral alone there are more than 2,000 people living with dementia and those figures are on the increase.

Marg Davies, matron for dementia, said: "There are some spectacular areas across our wards that cater for people with dementia and their carers.

"It is important that we offer support for people who suffer memory loss as well as their loved ones.

"Our staff have been hugely creative in how they can support patients and the results are fabulous.

"Our Memories Café and Memories Pub have been extremely popular, and it is fantastic to see our hairdressing salon and dining room now open."

The Trust works closely with partners such as Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and WIRED, which is a charity for disabled people and carers.

WIRED runs drop-in carers’ sessions on a Thursday from 1pm to 2pm in the Memories Pub and 3pm to 4pm in the Memories Café, to offer advice and support for carers.

There will be a guided tour of the dementia facilities at Arrowe Park Hospital on Friday.

If you are interested in taking part and would like more details, email Marg Davies at