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Great Staughton Surgery

Great Staughton Surgery is a GP Surgery in rural Cambridgeshire and provide services to patients across three counties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. In June 2016 all staff working at the Surgery at the time took part in a Dementia Friends information session to help patients with dementia and their carers have a better experience when contacting or visiting the Surgery. Our active patient group members also became Dementia Friends in 2016. As a Surgery, we try to recognise ways to actively help patients with memory loss and their families, live independently and happily within our rural community.

17 August 2017
East of England
Local Alliances:
Huntingdonshire 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 have a section on our Surgery website where we promote local organisations, such as the Coffee Pot Memory Cafe in St. Neots, who hold regular events and lunches in the local area for people living with memory loss and offer support to their carers. There is also a West Cambs Friendship Club which holds a weekly event in the village.

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

The Surgery is located in a rural area, with minimal public transport links, and as we cover three counties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, we do not always have the information of groups from surrounding areas, as Cambridgeshire is our primary contact as we are covered by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Signposting

    Provide a central point of contact on our website, where Dementia organisations can promote their services to our patients across the three counties, improving information, promoting support and services.

  • Carers Champions

    Train a receptionist and health care assistant to further promote and signpost services available in the area to our patients. This may include printing off literature, contacting the agencies on behalf of the patients, or notifying the Clinicians of a safeguarding issue.

  • Building Update

    As repairs and renewals are planned within the Surgery building, link in with the Dementia Friendly Physical environment checklist, to ensure the changes enhance the building for patients and their carers who may be challenged with dementia. The Practice Manager would like to link in with the Dementia Alliance to ensure signage, lighting and navigation is dementia friendly

    Initial Scoping