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Southend taking action against dementia

26 May 2019

Health Care

Dementia Action Week ran from Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May, it’s a national week that unites individuals, workplaces and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Southend University Hospital  joined forces  with Southend Borough Council and Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT) to deliver a one-stop shop drop in centre at the hospital on Monday 20 May, from 9am - 5pm, to help raise awareness of the help available to those with dementia and their families in the local community. 

Those attending included Dementia Intensive Support Team (DIST), a specialist team comprising of both qualified and support worker nursing staff.

The Dementia Community Support Team, whoprovide enhanced support to people living with dementia and their carers in Southend, Castle Point & Rochford. This community focused service offers accessible and flexible support tailored to reflect patients' needs.

Lindsay Popham, Dementia Clinical Nurse Specialist at Southend Hospital, said: "They joined us with nurses from the hospital memory team, together we are working together in providing a drop-in support and advice service to anyone that would like information on dementia.

"Every three minutes, someone in the UK develops dementia, so we also offered advice and guidance to anyone who may have had concerns about themselves, relatives and friends memory problems, but have no diagnosis."

On the same day there was also a Dementia Friends session in the hospital restaurant, highlighting some of the great work our volunteers do to help people with dementia in the hospital. Several of the Trust's volunteers also have a parent who is living with dementia.

For the remainder of the week the hospital memory team will had an information and advice point in the hospital restaurant for anyone seeking advice or support.

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Lynsay Pratt Associate Practitioner Dementia

Cassie Searle, Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator for Southend, Castle Point and Rochford. Dementia Community Support Team

Lindsay Popham- Dementia/Delirium Clinical Nurse Specialist