Dementia rapid response team relocates

NHS Forth Valley service looks to present ‘crisis situations’ and hospital admissions

Sunday 25th August 2019

An NHS Forth Valley rapid response team helping head off ‘crisis situations’ for older people with dementia is relocating.

The Dementia Outreach team is moving from Stirling community hospital to a new base at Airth health centre in Falkirk.

Made up of specialist nurses, community care assistants and social workers, it will soon be joined by Alzheimer link workers.

It is accessed through GPs and aims to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions for the 5,000 people in Forth Valley are estimated to have the disease.

Workers respond within two working days and assess older people to see what support, advice and assistance they and their family might need.

Intensive support is available for at least six weeks.

Frank Carlin, charge nurse for dementia at Forth Valley NHS board , said: “The Team takes a holistic and proactive approach where they are able to work with local families to avoid what could become a crisis situation and, wherever possible, prevent the patient having to be admitted to hospital.”