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TwiddleMuff mania in North Essex PTS

Have you heard? We’ve joined the TwiddleMuff revolution and we want you to join us too!

Recently we caught up with Kerry Gaskin, Service Delivery Manager with North Essex Non-Emergency Services to talk about the TwiddleMuff mania and the huge benefits they can have to dementia patients.

Kerry said: “TwiddleMuff mania began in North Essex Patient Transport Service (PTS) after seeing a tweet from Damon Wheddon, Area Clinical Lead promoting TwiddleMuffs alongside Rheanne Hall, Senior Paramedic at Ipswich.

I got in touch with Damon and Rheanne for more information, and soon realised what a huge benefit TwiddleMuffs could be to PTS as we transport patients living with dementia on a daily basis.”

TwiddleMuffs – a knitted handmuff decorated with buttons and ribbons both internally and externally – allows patients living with dementia to have a visual and sensory stimulation when being transported to hospital.

People living with dementia often get restless hands and the comfort of having something to twiddle in emergency ambulances and across Patient Transport Services can help relieve this.

Kerry said: “Although we have a nice stock of TwiddleMuffs right now, we will continuously need donations to enable us to always have at least two on each PTS vehicle in all areas around our region.”

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

Heidi Clements, Education and Training Officer who has been involved with the TwiddleMuff project said: “We want to provide a more comfortable experience to patients living with dementia, as this can be a potentially confusing and scary time whilst being transported to hospital.”

Every TwiddleMuff is single-use and would return home with the patient for them to keep.

If you like to knit, or know someone who does, please download the pattern here.

Once you've made your TwiddleMuff(s), send them to:

PTS Portacabin
57 Elmstead Road
Colchester
CO4 3AD

East TwiddleMuffs
Alex Moorehouse Way
Costessey
NR5 0J


If you have any TwiddleMuff questions, please email heidi.clements@eastamb.nhs.uk or the Trust’s Dementia Lead, duncan.moore@eastamb.nhs.uk.

Published 22nd June 2019

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