Rumbles reveals shocking dementia referral rates


Dementia figures released today show that NHS Grampian was the third worst in the country to refer people newly diagnosed with dementia to post-diagnostic support services. Only 21% of those newly diagnosed patients were being referred for support.

Mr Rumbles previously revealed that the Scottish government had underfunded NHS Grampian by £165.6 million since 2009. Today’s shocking statistics from the financial year 2015/16 show NHS Grampian was behind only NHS Orkney with a 16% referral rate and NHS Western Isles which was temporarily closed during the period.

 

The average referral rate across the country was 42%. NHS Fife was the best performing of all the 14 boards achieving a 64% referral rate.

 

Mr Rumbles said: “These figures once again show that the chronic underfunding of NHS Grampian means the service is failing people in the North East. Swift referrals have a significant benefit to patients with dementia and their families. 

 

“At a time when families are learning to live with the life changing news of a dementia diagnosis, they need immediate support. I cannot imagine the feelings those families must have waiting for such help. 

 

“The SNP government must end our healthcare underfunding. We need our fair share of resources for NHS Grampian to serve the patients of the North East properly.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

 

The full publication can be found on the Information Services Division Scotland website: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Mental-Health/Publications/data-tables2017.asp?id=2094#2094

Table 1. Estimated number of people newly diagnosed with dementia referred for post-diagnostic support services, by NHS Board; for financial year 2015/16

 

 

 

Estimated Number of People Newly Diagnosed with Dementia

Number of People Referred to a PDS Service

% of Estimated Number of People Newly Diagnosed with Dementia Referred to PDS

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

1,352

539

40%

NHS Borders

456

233

51%

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

631

292

46%

NHS Fife

1,220

784

64%

NHS Forth Valley

930

369

40%

NHS Grampian

1,757

371

21%

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

3,375

1467

43%

NHS Highland

1,199

397

33%

NHS Lanarkshire

1,919

977

51%

NHS Lothian

2,452

983

40%

NHS Orkney

82

13

16%

NHS Shetland

73

41

56%

NHS Tayside

1,534

731

48%

NHS Western Isles

118

1

1%

Scotland

17,097

7198

42%

       

Sources: Quarterly post-diagnostic support submissions by NHS Boards as at September 2017; ‘Estimated and Projected Diagnosis Rates of Dementia in Scotland: 2014 to 2020’;

NOTES

     

1. The estimated number of people newly diagnosed with dementia is subject to the limitations detailed within the ‘Estimated and Projected Diagnosis Rates for Dementia in Scotland: 2014-2020’ publication

2. There is limited 2015/16 data for NHS Western Isles due to this service being temporarily closed.


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