The panel reviewing the decision to stop children's heart surgery in Leeds is meeting in the city. The Independent Configuration Panel has been asked by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to look at the closure of the unit.
The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts made the announcement earlier this year that surgery at the region's only paediatric cardiac unit would close, meaning patients have to travel to Newcastle or Liverpool for treatment.
In the UK there are:
- currently 800,000 people with dementia
- over 17,000 younger people with dementia
- over 11,500 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups
- Two thirds of people with dementia are women
- The proportion of people with dementia doubles for every 5 year age group
- One third of people over 95 have dementia
- 60,000 deaths a year are directly caused by dementia
- Delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years would reduce dementia deaths by 30,000 a year
- There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK
- 64% of people living in care homes have a form of dementia
- Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home
- Only 43% of people in the UK get a diagnosis
The Alzheimer's Society also warns there will be than a million people with dementia by 2021. Already the cost of dementia to the UK is £23 billion this year alone. Family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £8 billion a year.
The funding will be used for
- hi-tech sensory rooms
- large print photos of local scenes from years gone by
- specially adapted outside space to prevent patients from wandering
- technology such as day/night clocks and controllable mood lighting
- calming colours, non-reflective surfaces, large-print signs
Jeremy Hunt today announced £50 million will be made available to NHS Trusts and local authorities working in partnership with social care providers to help hospitals and care homes cater for people with dementia.
The funding will be used to develop more initiatives like the ‘butterfly scheme’ uses across Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.
The system involves placing a butterfly symbol on the bed of a patient with dementia. It is also highlighted in their care records, appointment records and on patient flow boards so that staff know they need extra help.
The Health Secretary has ordered a review into a controversial decision to close three children's heart surgery units, including one in Leeds.
Jeremy Hunt has asked the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to carry out a review into the decision to close the units at Leeds General Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and the Royal Brompton in Chelsea in west London.
The panel will decide by February whether it believes the recommendations to close the units will streamline paediatric heart services. The panel will decide by February whether it believes the recommendations to close the units will streamline paediatric heart services.