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Poole Hospital is working with Dorset Police to help make Poole a dementia-friendly community

The collaboration sees Poole Hospital’s expert dementia nurses provide training, as well as ‘memory mitts’ to support the police when interacting with people with dementia. This is the first time Poole Hospital’s worked with Dorset Police on dementia awareness. 

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Nearly 2,500 people in the Poole area have dementia, and can come to the police’s attention if they are lost, distressed or in need of support. A better understanding of dementia helps officers to recognise the signs and symptoms of the condition so they can respond sensitively and offer appropriate assistance. .

Lynsey Paul, dementia nurse specialist, is visiting Poole Police Station five times, including Thursday (14 April), to deliver dementia awareness sessions. She is also supplying memory mitts, which have added accessories, to provide comfort for people with dementia who may find themselves temporarily in the police’s care.

“Dementia affects 1 in 14 people over 65 and the majority of these people live in their own home within the community,” says Lynsey.

“When people with dementia come into contact with the police they are often already feeling anxious and an understanding of dementia can make all the difference to them. We’re pleased Dorset Police recognise the importance of dementia awareness and we’re sure this training will help make Poole a dementia friendly town.”

Simon Thorneycroft, mental health coordinator for Dorset Police, said “This is a really good example of the police and other partners working together to provide a better service to people in crisis.”

With over one million people estimated to have dementia in the UK by 2025, organisations across Poole, including Poole Hospital and Dorset Police, are working with the Alzheimer’s Society to ensure Poole is a dementia-friendly town.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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