Southend taking action against dementia
26 May 2019
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
Those attending included Dementia Intensive Support Team (DIST),
a specialist team comprising of both qualified and support worker
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'
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
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.
Lynsay Pratt Associate Practitioner Dementia
Cassie Searle, Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator for
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford. Dementia Community Support
Lindsay Popham- Dementia/Delirium Clinical Nurse Specialist