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Dementia waiting lists are cleared at last in Wiltshire

by admin | 16th December 2013

Dementia waiting lists are  cleared at last in Wiltshire

A year after Wiltshire’s memory services were said to be ‘at breaking point’, NHS Wiltshire has cleared the backlog of people waiting for dementia diagnosis.

A survey by Alzheimer’s Support last year found that people were waiting more than 13 months for a diagnosis.

Today, new patients are being seen within four weeks for an initial assessment and receiving a diagnosis within 13 weeks.

Some are being seen, diagnosed and started on treatment even more quickly at their GP surgery, instead of being referred to memory clinics.

Anna Littlechild, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Support, said: “This is a great turnaround from a year ago and the new Clinical Commissioning Group, the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership,

Wiltshire GPs and memory service staff deserve credit for all their hard work in getting to this point.

“We know from our survey that GPs were reluctant to refer people for memory tests because the waiting times were so long. We now have GPs becoming more knowledgeable about dementia, memory nurses attached to GP surgeries and our own dementia advisers who can help people find out about all the non-medical support that is available to them.

“There is still much more to be done for people living with dementia in Wiltshire, and diagnosis rates here are still one of the UK’s lowest at 37 per cent, but this is a good start.”

“We’d like to thank everyone who took part in our survey including people living with dementia, their carers, GPs and other professionals, and to Comic Relief which funded it.”

This article is from the Alzheimers Support Memento. Other articles include:

  • Home Support Service wins praise from CQC
  • Computer Cafe helps with email, online shopping and courgettes!
  • RUH Consultant spreads the word on importance of good dementia care.

Please click here to download the full Memento

 

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