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National award for East Devon dementia service

Team leader Gaynor Appleby with centre users Credit: Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Two centres in East Devon have won a prestigious national award for their work helping people with dementia. The Rowan and Linden Centres in Ottery St Mary gained the Innovation and Best Practice Award from the Community Hospitals Association.

The Rowan Centre carries out assessments, with support for carers and relatives. The Linden Centre provides activities and respite care. Both get referrals from the Ottery, Honiton and Sidmouth areas. They are managed by Gaynor Appleby, team leader for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.