RUH praised by expert in dementia
The NHS's top dementia expert has praised the Royal United Hospital for its work to improve care for dementia patients.
National clinical director for dementia Professor Alistair Burns visited wards at the hospital and talked to staff to see how they are raising standards of care.
He was met by consultant geriatrician Dr Chris Dyer who briefed him on efforts to diagnose dementia earlier.
Professor Burns said: "I have been blown away by all the things I have seen.
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"Here is a great example of how, if you begin to join up all the different bits of the hospital, you can make a real change.
"The great thing for me is the enthusiasm that the staff have; they are dedicated to providing the best care they can."
Dr Dyer said asking the right questions at the right time could speed up diagnosis and treatment.
He said: "Only 40 per cent of people with dementia have actually been diagnosed. This may be because memory problems are dismissed as part of normal ageing, or because families feel uncomfortable broaching the subject with their loved ones.
"Having a proper diagnosis is very important because their are certain medications that may help, and there are many ways in which support can be offered to patients and their families."