Have your say on dementia care in Crawley

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The Crawley NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is changing the way the NHS looks after people in the last years of their lives, with a focus on dementia and is inviting the public to help.

The End of Life Care and Dementia Project aims to develop how patients, as well as relatives and carers, access support services and at what stage in their lives.

Produced in consultation with more than 1,500 people, the project has involved more than 80 organisations including 80 people with dementia, their relatives, carers and healthcare professionals.

The CCG is holding an event on Thursday October 17 at the Chris Centre in West Green Drive where people can have their say.

The afternoon, running from 1.30pm to 4pm, will include a presentation from local GP and clinical director for Crawley CCG, Dr Laura Hill, who is the lead for dementia care and one of the GPs responsible for designing the new service. Members of the public are encouraged to ask questions and give their own feedback on their experiences.

Dr Hill said: “Listening to people’s experiences of living with dementia and their carers is valuable to local NHS commissioners as we look to improve services and provide support for our communities. Your input will help to shape how the service is delivered, making dementia care the best it can possibly be.”

There is approximately 1,100 people living in Crawley who have been diagnosed with dementia and one in five people in the town will have a form of dementia during their lifetime. These numbers will continue to increase and are rising faster in West Sussex compared to the national average due to our older population. Crawley CCG is already working on a variety of projects to improve care for elderly people, including developing Crawley as a Dementia Friendly Town.

Age UK, Carers Support Service and the Alzheimer’s Society are among our partners involved in the End of Life Care and Dementia project.

Booking to attend this event is advised. To find out more, please contact the Public Engagement Team by telephone 01293 600300 ext 3965 or email: CCCG.ContactUs-CrawleyCCG@nhs.net

To find out more about this project so far, please visit the website