Jeremy Hunt has praised a Yorkshire hospital for the way it treats dementia patients and says he wants its example to be followed across the country.
During a visit to Airedale Hospital, the health secretary sampled the support services offered to patients with dementia and witnessed the ways in which the facility utilises video link technology to allow them to have consultations from the comfort of their own home, the Ilkley Gazette reports.
"I'm incredibly impressed by the technology here which can really help people live healthily," he said.
Mr Hunt was also shown around the ward housing dementia patients and saw how they are provided with special crockery to help them. Butterfly symbols are also included over the beds and on patient's notes to indicate they have the condition.
It is important for staff to be aware of this, as these people may need additional care and support during meal times.
The hospital also has a dignity room, where patients who enter hospital without any belongings are provided with slippers, clothing and toiletries.
Find out more about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.