Islanders Will Hear About Scilly’s New Dementia Care At Health Fair

hospital sign 2Islanders will be able to hear about improved dementia care services being rolled out in Scilly at a special Health Fair in September.

It’s being organised by Peninsula Community Health, the not-for-profit company that runs St Mary’s Hospital.

Sue Greenwood, the Dementia Lead for PCH, says the event will be open to anyone who needs information on a range of health issues, from diabetes and respiratory problems to smoking and healthy eating.

Professionals will be on hand to provide advice.

But she says they’re particularly keen to talk to people who are caring for family members with dementia, to find out how well they’re being supported and what they might need in the future.

Sue says several staff from the hospital are midway through a six-month ‘Best Practice in Dementia’ course, being run by the University of Stirling.

That means Scilly will soon have experts who can influence the shape of care in the islands.

And Sue feels the biggest difference will be around looking at patients as individuals and getting to know them and their carers. That way, treatment can be more personal, she says.

Jacky Foster, a dedicated dementia champion at St Mary’s, is rolling out the course and will be on hand at the fair to offer advice alongside Sue and a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sue says PCH is keen to engage with the community that they serve and the Health Fair is a good way to reach out to people, especially some men, who may be reluctant to visit their GPs.

A more informal chat can sometimes encourage someone to seek more professional help, says Sue.

“It’s a good way to engage with the general public in non-threatening way,” she adds.

The Health Fair is being held at the Town Hall from 2pm to 4pm on 21st September and is open to anyone. Free refreshments are being offered.