RICE recognised in The Times

Published on 09/07/2012

Doctor Mark Porter writes in The Times about how detecting dementia early helps with treatment and planning for the future. He was commenting on the recently published report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia which states that fewer than half of the 800,000 people with dementia in the UK have received a formal diagnosis, and many face unacceptable delays before they are diagnosed.

He encourages both healthcare professionals and the public to be more proactive in seeking out early diagnosis,

                “My role as a GP is to set my patients off on the right path – but to do that, they do need                    to come and ask for help.”

Whilst accepting that there is still a long way to go, he praises the dementia services in the South West, where he works, highlighting RICE as a recognised centre of excellence,

                “…despite the criticisms in the report, dementia services have come on in leaps and bounds                  in recent years. I can’t speak for the whole country, but in my part of the South West we                   now have a countywide memory service that can be accessed directly by the public, backed                  up by a dedicated community service and a UK centre of excellence, the Research Institute                  for the Care of Older People, at Bath.”

The full article is in the body&soulhealth section of the Tuesday 10th July edition, or on The Times website for subscribers.

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