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TWO groups to help and support people with dementia and their carers have been hailed a success.

Nine weeks ago, the weekly Dementia Advice Service and Fareham and Sarisbury Carers’ Support Group was launched at the Fareham Community Hospital.

It is run by the Alzheimer’s Society and funded by the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

On average, 18 people attend the carer support group each week, and there is still space.

The Dementia Advice Service can see up to six people each Monday at the hospital and appointments are being booked regularly.

Dr David Chilvers, chairman of the CCG, said: ‘Our CCG is determined to do what we can to both improve our dementia diagnosis rates and our services for people with dementia.

‘So I am delighted to hear that this service seems to have started so well.

‘Identifying dementia earlier is important as it improves outcomes for both patients and carers and allows access to help and support.’

The Carers’ Support Group is a drop-in group for people with dementia and their carers to attend anytime from 1pm to 3pm every Monday

The Dementia Advice Service runs from 9am to 5pm every Monday, and is by appointment only at the hospital, in Brook Lane.

To make an appointment call Kellyn Weir on 07707 890891 or email kellyn.weir@alzheimers.org.uk