Gosport Medical Centre
We are a GP surgery with over 9,000 registered patients in Gosport. We practise from purpose built premises in the grounds of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital and have a team of doctors, nurses and clinicians delivering healthcare.
- 18 May 2016
- South East
- Local Alliances:
- Hampshire 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?
Gosport is a town in South East Hampshire with areas of deprivation and a predominantly elderly population and consequently we see a high prevalence of patients with dementia.
We carry out early clinical assessments of patients with concerns of memory loss which enables us to arrange support and referrals at an early stage.
For those patients already diagnosed with dementia we offer regular clinical reviews. We discuss their medication, quality of life and offer support to their carers.
We are also able to refer both patients and their carers to secondary care and to local support groups which offer a valuable resource to families living with dementia.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Understanding the impact of dementia on carers and families helps us deliver better care. Therefore we are committed to ensuring all our staff, clinical and administration, have regular training and updates around dementia and provide regular refresher training.
We have spoken with the carers of patients with dementia and received useful feedback on how we, as a GP surgery, can support them better. It is important that dementia patients and their carers are able to attend for regular reviews and we are now aware of some of the barriers to attendance and have made changes accordingly.
We also provide patients and their families with leaflets infoming them where they can access support in the community which we believe will help with some of the difficulties faced by a diagnosis of dementia.
All members of staff receive training in dementia
We have developed a regular training schedule incorportaing dementia training, mental health capcity training and safeguarding which all members of staff, both clinicians and administrators attend.
Assessing needs of patients and their carers with dementia
We have previously surveyed families of patients with dementia and have received such useful feedback that we intend to regularly survey carers to ensure we are supporting them in the best way.
Survey the environment to ensure it is dementia friendly
We plan to have our premises surveyed to ensure it is as easy as possible for patients with dementia to navigate on their visits to the surgery.