Dennis’ help for patients and workers

Scarborough Hospital has a new Learning Disabilities Assistant, Dennis Allen.   Picture by Richard Ponter  113313
Scarborough Hospital has a new Learning Disabilities Assistant, Dennis Allen. Picture by Richard Ponter 113313

SCARBOROUGH Hospital’s first ever learning disability assistant has been receiving rave reviews from patients.

Dennis Allen, of South Cliff, works at Scarborough Hospital every Tuesday between 10am and 2pm.

His role, funded by the Learning Disability Service, is to talk to patients with learning disabilities as well as attend meetings to talk about issues affecting patients with special needs.

Matron Tracey Wright, who is the lead for learning disability at the trust, said: “Dennis is doing a great job and feedback from staff, patients and carers has been extremely positive.”

Dennis said: “I am really enjoying working at the hospital, it is one of the best jobs I have ever had.

“I really enjoy meeting and talking to patients. For patients with special needs, coming into hospital can be a frightening experience, I try to reassure them and keep them company.”

Dennis is also the chairman for the Learning Disability Focus Group held at Eastfield.