Charity ‘disappointed’ over NHS funding axe for dementia nurses
A charity has criticised a decision by NHS chiefs in Yorkshire to end a service for people with dementia and their families. Dementia UK says it is “disappointed” its Admiral Nursing service in Hull, which provides support to 77 families in the city, will be axed from April next year to be replaced by a new carer support service.
The specialist dementia nurses support families from diagnosis to beyond bereavement. Hilda Hayo, chief Admiral Nurse and chief executive of Dementia UK, said the charity was looking for another organisation to host the service after NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) decision to withdraw funding. “Our priority is the families who are living with dementia and we are committed to providing them with an excellent level of specialist dementia care through Admiral Nurses and to ensure this is continued once the current CCG funding ends,” she said. NHS officials said they wanted to improve the range of services that were available to carers in Hull, ahead of an expected rise in dementia of 42 per cent by 2030.
The new service would allow carers to access support regardless of whether patients had dementia or not and it would reduce waiting times for support, which would also be available outside normal working hours. A CCG spokeswoman added: “We know that there will be many more people who are diagnosed with dementia, and their family carers, who will need support. “We want to ensure that services for carers are fit for the future and able to provide the best information, assessment and support to many more dementia carers than the level currently supported by the Admiral Nursing service. ”