Dementia is a long-term condition affecting memory, cognitions, health and behaviour experienced by the person and their family/carers. It occurs when there are changes within the brain, but it is not an inevitable part of ageing. Despite this, dementia affects 1 in 14 people over 65 and 1 in 6 people over 80. There are also around 42,000 people in the UK with dementia below the age of 65.
Southern Health provides a memory service through our local Community Mental Health Teams. Our consultant psychiatrists are able to diagnose dementia and provide medication to support those with the condition. Community teams also provide ongoing support to a person with dementia, as well as their carers and families. Our teams provide information about local groups, events and services.
If you think you, or someone you may know, has dementia then contact your GP in the first instance. Your local community mental health team can also be contacted directly.
For more information you can also contact the ‘Dementia Advisory Service’ or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk
Dementia Advisory Service
Alton, Basingstoke and Deane, Eastleigh, Hart, Romsey, Rushmoor, Test Valley and Winchester:
· 01264 353 363
Bordon, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, New Forest and Petersfield:
· 02392 892 034
· 02380 610 159 (Southampton)
Our vision is to support all those living with dementia to live where they want to. Consequently we are continually developing our community services to provide more support to people in their homes. You can find out more about the work we are doing on our dementia pathway here. The pathway review is using a multi-disciplinary approach with providers from across Hampshire to ensure our patients receive world-class care when and where they want it.
Southern Health also provides assessment wards for people with dementia in Basingstoke (Beechwood Ward in Parklands Hospital), Southampton (Beaulieu Ward in Western Community Hospital), and Gosport (Poppy Ward in Gosport War Memorial Hospital). These wards provide outstanding care for those that need the most support - and we are currently working to ensure each environment meets the very best dementia standard.
The Southern Health Dementia Strategy will be published soon which sets out our vision to provide world-class care with a community focus in accredited environments of the very best specification. For more information or to get involved contact email@example.com