Corby best in country for dementia diagnosis

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People with dementia in Corby are more likely to receive a diagnosis of the condition than anywhere else in the country.

According to the State of the Nation report and interactive map, published by the Department of Health, Corby has the best dementia diagnosis rates in the whole of England, with 75 per cent of people with the condition in the town receiving a diagnosis.

That figure is 27 per cent higher than the national average of 48 per cent.

The Alzheimer’s Society is now calling on health and social care bodies in all areas to set dementia as a local priority and for best practice happening in Corby to be shared.

Diane Smith, the society’s operations manager, said: “It is fantastic to see Corby leading the way as England’s best performing area for dementia diagnosis rates. We must ensure that the successes and best practice that have been seen here are being shared and are used to help drive up standards around the country.”

The Alzheimer’s Society works with GPs and the public to increase awareness and understanding about diagnosis. It’s Worried About Your Memory? campaign distributed leaflets about dementia to more than 10,000 GP surgeries around the UK.

The Dementia Community Roadshow is also travelling across the country offering free information and advice to anyone with queries about the condition, as well as helping to promote the benefits of an early diagnosis.

If people are worried about their memory, Alzheimer’s Society recommends that people speak to their GP. The Alzheimer’s Society Helpline is also available on 0300 222 1122.

To find out more about services in East Midlands call 01522 692681.