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Arthington Medical Centre

We are a GP surgery based in Hunslet, Leeds, caring for approximately 6,000 patients. We have three GPs, two nurses, a healthcare assistant, five receptionists and five other members of administration staff. We are open five days per week from 8am to 6pm, with an extended clinic until 8pm on a Monday evening.

19 February 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Health, Medical
Local Alliances:
Leeds Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We are dedicated to improving the lives of people with Dementia and their relatives/carers.  We believe that our Surgery has a fundamental role in delivering better outcomes for people with Dementia and their relatives/carers.

The GP surgery is often the first port of call for people suffering with memory problems or for relatives/carers to flag concerns.  We have ensured that all of our staff are fully aware of the signs and symptoms of Dementia and that our clinical staff are trained to assess patients appropriately and if necessary  refer onto secondary care.  

We are able to provide up-to-date information on locally available services as necessary and send our an information pack to all patients diagnosed with Dementia.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Time and capacity are always a challenge in Primary Care however we will endevour to: 

Ensure that all staff have Dementia awareness and they are aware of all of the local and National services available to patients and their relatives/carers with Dementia/memory problems. 

To get the message out there, so more people are aware of the disease.

2. Actions

  • Giving information

    Practice Manager to give information sessions on Dementia, to raise awareness.

    Being implemented
  • Training staff

    To give Dementia information sessions to all staff members in order for them to become 'Dementia Friends'.

  • Create an awareness board in the Surgery waiting room

    To create a Dementia Awareness board in the waiting room, so patients and carers can have quick, visual access to local and national information.

  • Supply an information pack for patients and carers

    To build a comprehensive information pack for patients with Dementia giving them information on local services. The pack will be available to post out to all patients with Dementia.

    Being implemented