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REVEALED: Derbyshire lags behind on diagnosis

New figures released by the government reveal the price dementia sufferers in Derbyshire are paying for cuts to the NHS.

Dementia costs society approximately £19bn every year – far more than cancer, heart disease or strokes.  There are currently 670,000 people in England living with dementia, with over 4,000 new cases identified in Derbyshire last year. With an aging population, this figure is set to double over the next 30 years.

However, alarming new evidence from the Department of Health indicates many sufferers never receive a formal diagnosis. 

Derbyshire Primary Care Trust’s diagnosis rate is just 43% – well behind England’s flagship PCT diagnosis rate of 75%. 

Toby Perkins, here pictured on a visit to Chesterfield Royal Hospital's Transitional Ward: "I'm adamant people in Derbyshire should have access to the best health services".

Toby Perkins, here pictured on a visit to Chesterfield Royal Hospital's Transitional Ward: "I'm adamant people in Derbyshire should have access to the best health services".

Toby Perkins MP said: “When it comes to dementia, early diagnosis is vital – it helps people get the carers, support and treatment that will improve outcomes and quality of life for dementia sufferers.  It’s extremely worrying that diagnosis rates in our County are below the national average and far behind the best PCTs. 

“I’m adamant people in Derbyshire should have access to best health services possible.

“People will understandably question whether the £3bn the government is spending on their top-down reorganisation of the NHS – which both the Tory’s and Lib Dems said they were opposed to prior to the general election – could be better spent on improving services for dementia sufferers.”

Mr Perkins added: “I’ve written to the PCT to find out what’s behind these disappointing figures and find out what I can do to improve the local diagnosis rate”.

2 Responses to “REVEALED: Derbyshire lags behind on diagnosis”

  1. Janet Portman says:

    Hello Toby,

    I am very pleased that Chesterfield Royal Hospital are setting up a ward specialising in the care of patients with dementia.

    Nurses are being trained in the particular care and needs of dementia patients.

    At a recent governors meeting we were given a presentation about the care of dementia patients. We were particularly impressed by the enthusiasm of Matron Glyn, who emphasised that we see dementia patients as individuals who have done many things in their lives not a poor demented soul.

    Things are changing in the knowledge and care of patients with dementia.

    I feel it is great that you are sending out these newsletters.

    Best wishes,

    Janet Portman

  2. tperkins says:

    Thanks for your comment, Janet. I read that Chesterfield Royal Hospital have recruited some specialist dementia nurses. Hopefully that’ll help to improve these figures.
    Do feel free to drop me a line should you wish to chat about this further. Toby

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