£230k to be spent on de­men­tia di­ag­no­sis

Sup­port for pa­tients and their car­ers a ‘pri­or­ity’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

HUN­DREDS or even thou­sands of peo­ple in Hilling­don could ben­e­fit from a £230,000 cash in­jec­tion into de­men­tia di­ag­no­sis.

The money, al­lo­cated by the GP-led Hilling­don Care Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG), will be spent on ser­vices to as­sess pa­tient mem­ory.

A to­tal of 1,596 pa­tients in Hilling­don were di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia in 2014/15, which is 0.53% of peo­ple reg­is­tered with GPs in the bor­ough.

Chair of the CCG, Dr Ian Good­man, said: “Hilling­don CCG is mak­ing sup­port for peo­ple with de­men­tia and their car­ers a high pri­or­ity.

“Our in­vest­ment in mem­ory as­sess­ment ser­vices means your NHS is di­ag­nos­ing more peo­ple with de­men­tia.”

The mem­ory as­sess­ments will be tar­geted at peo­ple find­ing they are in­creas­ingly for­get­ful, in­clud­ing los­ing ev­ery­day ob­jects like keys, and are be­com­ing frus­trated or iso­lated as a re­sult.

Hilling­don CCG is also hold­ing eight days of de­men­tia aware­ness train­ing be­tween June and De­cem­ber this year.

The days, open to all front-of-house and clin­i­cal staff across health and so­cial ser­vices, will train peo­ple to recog­nise the signs of de­men­tia and im­prove di­ag­no­sis rates.

A be­spoke de­men­tia re­source cen­tre is also set to be up and run­ning in 2017.

And in Novem­ber, both car­ers and fam­i­lies will be able to put their thoughts across in a mas­ter­class, at­tended by GPs, clin­i­cal staff from Cen­tral North West London NHS Trust, car­ers and the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

All of these events are de­vel­oped by the CCG along­side Hilling­don Coun­cil, Hilling­don Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust and the vol­un­tary sec­tor.

Hilling­don CCG is the group re­spon­si­ble for buy­ing health ser­vices across the bor­ough and is led by lo­cal GPs and health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

n HELP: £230,000 is to be spent on ser­vices to as­sess pa­tient mem­ory by Hilling­don Care Com­mis­sion­ing Group

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