Lostwithiel nurse led memory assessment service

Lostwithiel General Practice in Cornwall has introduced a nurse led memory assessment service to support detection, diagnosis, and post-diagnosis care and support.

The practice has maintained and improved quality of care in terms of continuity, patient/carer satisfaction, and reduced costs of referrals and emergency admissions.

Lostwithiel General Practice has a list of 4800 and two large nursing homes, one of which is EMI.

The practice has adopted a longitudinal approach: the patient and the GP usually have a long pre-existing relationship prior to memory disturbance, and there are observations and family comments about progressive memory impairment that support a diagnosis of dementia. The practice does not use to local ‘memory OP clinic’ provided by the Trust.

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