Dementia patients and carers help to trial new support service

The needs of dementia patients and their carers have come under the spotlight at an Essex GP surgery.

Around 60 people attended a trial information and support session at the Church Lane Surgery in Braintree where they could meet surgery staff and link with professionals from bodies including Essex Dementia Care.

As well giving people the chance to pick up information, the session was also aimed at helping dementia patients to become familiar with the surgery.

The meeting was intended to find out the kind of information and support that patients and carers need with a view to setting up a more permanent service in the future.

Due to the success of the event, monthly sessions will now be held, with the next one on June 8 between 2pm and 4pm and the second Thursday of each month thereafter. All dementia patients and/or carers who are registered with the surgery are invited to go along.

Emma Greaves, service co-ordinator at Church Lane Surgery, said: “It’s as much support for the carers as it is the patients.

“Staff from the surgery were able to drop in (both clerical and clinical) to meet the carers and cared for, to build relationships.

“We were also able to help to deal with issues such as registering carers with Power of Attorney for online services for those they care for – making booking appointments and repeat medication requests easier for them.”

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