CCG joins dementia drive

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CCG News NHS Wakefield CCG has joined a campaign to raise the awareness of dementia to improve early diagnosis rates.

The CCG has joined forces with Wakefield Council and the Alzheimer’s Society to promote the early signs and symptoms of the condition.

Councillor Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for adults and health, said it was critical in identifying the early onset of dementia to ensure GPs help patients as soon as possible.

The campaign encourages residents with any concerns to make an appointment with the GP as soon as possible. Although there is no cure, spotting the early signs of the condition allows patients to receive the best possible treatment and care to ensure they continue to lead active, fulfilling lives.

Although symptoms depend on the particular form of the condition, memory loss, trouble thinking and understanding language and judgement are all typical signs of dementia.

The CCG, which has around 354,000 registered patients, has identified dementia as one of its clinical priorities to improve health outcomes locally.

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