Dementia diagnosis

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HEALTH workers in Portsmouth are among the best at ensuring people with dementia get an early diagnosis of their condition.

This means patients are more likely to benefit from the treatments and support available, and help them have independent lives.

A national study by the Health and Social Care Information Centre found of the estimated 2,300 people living with dementia in Portsmouth, 64 per cent have received a formal diagnosis.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, which pays for health services in the city, has put an emphasis on diagnosing and caring for dementia, and setting up schemes such as dementia cafes.

This work has put the trust above the national average of 53 per cent.