LANCASHIRE Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Fylde and Wyre Memory Service has been accredited with excellence by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Memory Services National Accreditation programme.
The service provides a multi-disciplinary team of staff, with clinics in Lytham and Fleetwood.
Both teams provide holistic assessment and treatment for people worried about memory difficulties, and offer advice and information about treatment and other related services.
John Keaveny, network director for adult community and specialised services said: “The number of people with dementia has risen dramatically, with approximately 800,000 people in the UK suffering from symptoms of dementia, which has resulted in a significant rise in referrals by an extra 40 per cent in the last year.
“Services such as this are vital as they enable people to receive early screening and advice, with access to treatment where appropriate.”
The Memory Assessment Service focuses on helping patients to understand their illness and maintain independence for as long as they wish.
Group therapy programmes are also available in the form of cognitive stimulation groups and memory retraining groups.
Steve Bracewell, service manager, said: “I am absolutely delighted the service has recently received such an accolade. Diagnosing dementia early is so important to enable people to ‘live well’ with their illness, to make their own decisions and receive appropriate treatment.”
The service can be contacted via Patsy Probert on (01253) 657053 (Fylde) or Steve Bracewell on (01253) 657036 (Wyre).