Dementia in the spotlight during hospital visit

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MARK Menzies MP has urged greater focus on dementia during a visit to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The Fylde MP recently met with Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals Trust’s outgoing Chief Executive, Aidan Kehoe and his deputy, Tim Welch, as Mr Kehoe prepares to leave the Trust for a new role in his home city of Liverpool.

After discussing issues including NHS reform, GP commissioning, PFI buildings, car parking as well as ongoing casework, Mr Menzies praised the trust’s work on dementia and called for greater focus locally and across the country.

 “This is a subject which is very close to my heart,” Mr Menzies said.

“Almost everyone will know someone, be family members or friends, who have had to cope with dementia directly or indirectly and those numbers are continuing to grow.

“I have seen tragic cases where families are left shattered by poor care and support and I do not want this to happen in Fylde.

“I will be working hard with the Department of Health and the local health services to try to ensure we become national leaders in this vital field.”

Mr Menzies is keen for dementia care to come more closely into focus on both a national level and at a local level where, due to the large elderly population on the Fylde coast, he would like to see the establishment of services that will be worthy of national recognition.

He feels with people living longer and services being tested, greater focus on dementia is required to help families, carers and dementia sufferers themselves.

Mr Menzies also praised the hospital for their work in resolving constituency casework.

He said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to all the team at the hospital for their continuing help and for the work they do for the community, particularly the doctors and nurses.

“In my experience the hospital trust are one of the best public sector agencies in the area at dealing with complaints I bring to them which is extremely helpful and has made a huge difference to many people.

“I hope this will continue, I’m confident it will and I thank Aidan for his contribution during a very challenging period.

“I wish him all the very best and I will continue to work closely with the NHS to try to help keep Fylde healthy.”

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