The RCGP has launched an online tool to help GPs signpost patients to dementia services, which it says is a ‘huge step forward’ in the management of those affected by the condition.
The Dementia Roadmap, produced in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society and funded by the Department of Health, enables GPs to access information about services available in their area for patients at all stages of the disease, including information on services and details about post-diagnosis support, the College said.
RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker said: ‘Every person diagnosed with dementia will have a different experience with the disease. This is why it is vital for doctors to have access to the most comprehensive information about the services and resources locally available.
‘Dementia is a clinical priority for the College and this roadmap will be a huge step forward in helping GPs and healthcare professionals do their best for patients at different points of their experience.’
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ‘This is an important tool that will help doctors and other healthcare professionals make sure people get specialist help and support in their area.’