4,500 dementia sufferers living in Bristol
THERE are almost 4,500 people with dementia living in Bristol, according to the latest figures.
But only half of those have received a formal diagnosis, charity the Alzheimer's Society South West claims.
It says that the 2,164 people diagnosed with dementia in Bristol represent only 49 per cent of the 4,425 believed to have the condition. In North Somerset it is estimated that 3,565 people have the condition but only 1,415 (40 per cent) have been diagnosed. In South Gloucestershire 1,187 people have been diagnosed, just 37 per cent of the estimated 3,255 people with the condition. In Bath & North East Somerset of 2,575 people believed to have dementia, 1,022 (40 per cent) have received a diagnosis.
Alzheimer's Society South West manager, Debbie Donnison, said people whose dementia had not been diagnosed are not receiving appropriate support.
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"The NHS has made a commitment to improving diagnosis rates so now it is time for that commitment to turn into action locally," she said. "Many new services have recently been commissioned for people with dementia across the south west, which we hope will have a positive impact on diagnosis rates over the next 12 months."