Dementia patients left without diagnosis

Dementia patients left without diagnosis

People with dementia are going without diagnosis in the UK, according to a new report. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia revealed that fewer than half of people with the condition have been formerly diagnosed. What's more, the average wait for an appointment in a memory clinic is three months, meaning that patients are left in limbo before undergoing a vital part of the diagnosis process. Baroness Sally Greengross, chairman of the group, stated: "We urgently need to make early diagnosis for people with dementia a priority and memory services are a key part of this." Swift diagnosis of dementia is vital to enable doctors to control the condition and prolong the onset of the disease. GPs were also identified as being a barrier to diagnosis, due to a lack of training in spotting the symptoms. However, the report claims that the quality in diagnosis varies across the country, with 70 per cent of people in Belfast receiving a diagnosis, but in parts of Wales more than 60 per cent go without. Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.