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Dementia patients left without diagnosis

Dementia patients left without diagnosis
6th July 2012

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.