A district health care service is celebrating after they were named third best in the UK for diagnosing dementia.
Data compiled by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) revealed that NHS Nottingham West, which covers Eastwood and Kimberley, 0.8 per cent of all patients over the age of 50 and registered at a GP practice in Broxtowe have been diagnosed with dementia.
The highest level of diagnosis in England was 1.1 per cent on the Isle of Wight while the lowest in England was 0.2 per cent in Tower Hamlets, London.
Dr Guy Mansford, chief clinical officer for the CCG, said that dementia can be devastating for sufferers and their families so it is vital to catch it early.
He added: “We are determined to do all we can to improve the way recognise the symptoms and identify people with the condition so we can put the right support in place so people can lead an independent life.
“Timely recognition is so important to enable people to stay in their homes for longer and preventing crisis can put so much pressure on family and friends.”
Health leaders say the progress made towards recognising the condition is down to training and support given to GPs, organising a memory assessment clinic in Eastwood, and raising awareness through ‘Dementia Friends’.
Dementia is caused by physical changes in the brain and can also affect thinking, communication, inhibitions and everyday tasks.
This year 344,000 patients across the country had a recorded diagnosis of dementia but the number living with the condition undiagnosed is significant.