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Dementia diagnosis times must be reduced

Dementia diagnosis times must be reduced
4th July 2012

More needs to be done to reduce dementia diagnosis times, according to a new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG).

'Unlocking Diagnosis: The key in improving the lives of people with dementia' claims that there are currently huge variations in the amount of time a person waits to receive a diagnosis.

This can range from a few weeks to over year, with the average wait approximately three months, at least.

Thus the APPG is calling improvements in services, more investment, compulsory accreditation and better accountability.

Swift diagnosis is vital for those with dementia, as it allows doctors to make vital interventions that can prolong the onset of the disease.

Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, chair of the APPG on Dementia, said: "Improving diagnosis rates will mean more people with dementia being able to access support and treatment that can help them and their family achieve the best possible quality of life."

Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.