Rate of diagnosis for dementia rises in Lancashire

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More than 2,000 people across north Lancashire have been diagnosed with dementia.

Healthcare organisations in north Lancashire have achieved the highest rates for diagnosing dementia in Lancashire, figures show.

Dementia specialists in Lancashire North have put high dementia diagnosis rates down to local general practices working closely together with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and other services to improve the detection of the condition.

Figures released by NHS England show that dementia diagnosis rates in north Lancashire are now at 70 per cent – the highest in Lancashire.

Local GP Dr Rohan Rao, who is dementia lead at NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Traditionally this area has always been aware of the need to diagnose and care for people who have dementia; this success is part of a bigger picture where we have been working to ensure our dementia services are of high quality for a considerable amount of time.

“The fact that we have the highest rate of dementia diagnosis across Lancashire all comes down to commissioners, providers and local services all working together to make sure the patient and their carer gets the full support that they need.”

Sharon Stephenson, Lancaster Memory Services team leader at Lancashire Care, said: “Dementia is a devastating chronic long term condition that affects not only the person who has it, but all those around them too.

“Raising awareness of this condition, along with assessing and supporting people with their diagnosis, are all paramount in offering a good quality service.”