GPs from across Gloucestershire will meet with health and social care professionals in Cheltenham tomorrow at the county’s seventh annual Dementia Summit.

The focus of this year’s summit will be about the initial diagnosis of dementia in GP surgeries. There will also be discussions about prescribing medicines for people who have dementia, about how services can support carers and the impact of dementia on older, frail people.

Dr Hein Le Roux, Clinical Lead for Dementia with NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“Dementia can be difficult to diagnose, especially when symptoms are mild. However, reaching an early diagnosis can make a huge difference in helping someone stay independent for longer. It gives people, and their families, the best chance to prepare and plan for the future and receive any treatment that may be possible.

Raising awareness and improving understanding of dementia is a key priority for the CCG, and we are continuing to work hard to keep improving diagnoses rates.”

Children from Newent Community School and 6th Form Centre will also be attending to talk about their intergenerational dementia project. Spending time with people who have dementia has helped them understand the condition and the challenges it brings, appreciate the importance and difficulties associated with caring and reduce negative attitudes.

The event takes place on 10 December at Cheltenham Racecourse from 12.15 to 16.30.