Chichester Hospital doing well with dementia screening

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We hear so much about hospitals performing badly; it is a pleasure to hear about a local hospital that is making a difference. The Chichester Observer on progress in relation to dementia assessment at St Richard's Hospital.

Dementia is an insidious condition which can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages. However, early diagnosis can make such a difference to the person with dementia and their family.

More than 90 per cent of elderly patients who are admitted for emergency treatment are now screened for dementia by teams at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.  The trust, which runs St Richard's Hospital, has increased screening by 80 per cent with more than 300 people being alerted to their GPs for further checks.

Matron Katrina O'Shea says. "We have a duty to our patients and their families, not only to give them the best care that we can, but also to make sure they are getting the most from other local services as well."

My father suffered from dementia and unfortunately, was diagnosed in the latter stages of the disease. It is a devastating condition for family to deal with, as in my case it resulted in my family losing who our father was. Luckily, he did get excellent care once diagnosed.

Keep up the good work St Richards's Hospital and I hope that other trusts will take note of what you are doing.

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Patricia is a Senior Associate, in our Clinical Negligence team, and is also a qualified midwife with many years of experience working in the NHS.

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