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Dementia Action Week - improvements to dementia services

18 May 18 - 17 May 19

It’s Dementia Action Week 21- 27 May and HPFT is taking action to continually improve services in a variety of ways.

A one stop pathway for dementia referrals has been introduced that enables service users to gain access to the right staff and tests at the same time, saving their time and improving the effectiveness of our clinical decision making. This has reduced the average length of waiting time for a diagnosis by at least six weeks. In a bid to further speed up the process, a pilot scheme is launching in Lower Lee Valley in partnership with the GP Federation. The scheme provides training for GPs with a special interest in dementia, providing them with the expertise to carry out basic testing for their patients.

HPFT is also working with The Alzheimers Society to set up a new Memory Café in the community meeting room at Tesco in Cheshunt.

There is a commitment by HPFT to continually improve healthcare environments for service users admitted for assessment and treatment of dementia. Refurbishments have been completed in several wards throughout the Trust. Logandene in Hemel Hempstead received a prestigious national award in the “external environment” category last year. Its flourishing landscaped garden allows service users to enjoy flowers, nature and bird feeding areas, as well as gentle gardening activities.    

HPFT’s director of service delivery and customer experience Jess Leivesley said: “The Trust is committed to providing first class services and care for people living with dementia as well as supporting their carers and families.

“With one person developing dementia every three minutes, we all know of someone who is living with the condition. That’s why it’s so important for us all to learn more and I’d urge everyone to attend a Dementia Friends session or watch the online video. “

Find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend here:

https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

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