Nurses working with dementia patients at the Northern General Hospital are using a doll, which has a calming effect.
An ‘empathy doll’ is weighted to make it feel like holding a baby.
Nursing sister Gillian Dalby said: “We’ve named our doll Nelly, she has had a remarkable effect on patients on the ward. When they have been asked to look after her their behaviour has completely changed. They suddenly stop being aggressive and agitated. It has also stopped them wandering around out when they should be resting.”
The dolls were paid for by the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.