Health and social care organisations in Nottinghamshire have come together to form a united front against dementia by signing up to a national declaration.
The commitment to ensure quality services and remove stigma comes as part of Dementia Awareness Week 2011, 4th-8th July.
It is believed that more than 12,500 people across Nottinghamshire are living with the condition and it continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing our ageing society.
The organisations that have signed the Dementia Declaration are NHS Nottinghamshire County, NHS Nottingham City, NHS Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council.
The declaration was created by people with dementia, carers and a large number of national organisations seeking radical change in the way our society responds to dementia.
Less than half of the people living locally with dementia have a formal diagnosis. Early recognition and detection helps people to retain their independence for longer.
To help tackle this, the way in which patients are assessed is being improved. Anyone with a possible diagnosis of dementia is referred to a Memory Assessment Service and the quality and capacity of these services are being increased. GPs are also undertaking more intensive training.
Vicky Wright, Dementia Lead for NHS Nottinghamshire County said: “The Dementia Declaration shows great commitment from the health and social community across Nottinghamshire.
“We would like to reiterate the importance of early diagnosis, and encourage anyone with symptoms to see their doctor without delay.”