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Rhoda Yevugah befriender

Playtime with Rhoda

Hospital can be a confusing place for dementia patients but a familiar face during their stay is Rhoda Yevugah.

The activities co-ordinator befriends and interacts with patients in what can sometimes be the loneliest of places.

“You have to see the person, not the condition, and I really enjoy hearing about their lives. Their clarity at recalling events that have happened in the past really surprises me because the person behind the illness suddenly appears and the years drop away.

“Time is the one thing most doctors and nurses don’t have yet that is what these people need the most.”

Rhoda is due to go on maternity leave with her second child but is already plotting her return to work.

“I’d miss my patients too much.”

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