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GP Surgeries in York offer dementia advice clinics

Three GP surgeries across NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group have united with the Alzheimer’s Society to provide a dementia support service for people living in York.

The monthly dementia advice clinics are open to anyone who is worried about their memory, has a diagnosis of dementia, cares for someone with dementia or who would like to find out more about dementia in general.

The clinics are run by Dementia Support Workers and anyone can attend; you don’t need to be registered with the GP practice where the clinics are held:

  1. East Parade Surgery, 89 East Parade, Heworth, York, YO31 7YD. Phone: 01904 423666
  2. York Medical Group, Tower Court Health Centre, Oakdale Road, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4RZ. Phone: 01904 439100
  3. Dalton Terrace Surgery, Dalton Terrace, York, YO24 4DB. Phone: 01904 658542

Dr Lloyd, a GP Partner at Dalton Terrace Surgery said: “The dementia advice clinics are available for all people with dementia living in the Vale of York, and also for their relatives and carers, who may sometimes prefer to come alone. Our support worker from the Alzheimer's Society can signpost to many locally developed activities as whilst medication can help, staying active physically, mentally and socially, has all-round health benefits.

“Planning for the future can be so important, and our staff have the knowledge, time and dedication to offer a wealth of advice. Patients deserve the benefits of their experience and care.”

The service works on an ‘appointment only’ basis with direct referrals from practice staff, nurses and GPs; there is also a self-referral option.

Alison Wrigglesworth, Services Manager at Alzheimer’s Society York said: “We want to ensure people with dementia and their carers are better supported and so the service offers an opportunity to gain advice if needed, discuss concerns and provide signposting to a range of local support options.

“The clinics embedded within the three GP practices will address an increasing number of patients with dementia or people affected by dementia in a positive and pro-active way.”

For more information speak to the Alzheimer’s Society on 01904 929444 or speak to your GP about a referral.

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