New dementia service for families based in Chesterfield

In a first for Chesterfield, a dementia specialist will be leading a clinics-based service for families in the area affected by the condition.

Admiral Nurse Ruby Guild’s appointment comes at a time of increased dementia diagnoses within the Chesterfield area.

She will be offering telephone and video appointments in line with the current guidance around Covid-19, and face-to-face appointments once restrictions lift.

Ruby Guild.

The service is a partnership between national charity Dementia UK and the Arc Primary Care network in Chesterfield and Dronfield.

Ruby’s role has been funded by Dementia UK’s charity partners at Central England Co-operative through their carrier bag levy fund.

Commenting on her role, Ruby said: “I am honoured to be one of the very first clinics-based Admiral Nurses at Dementia UK.

“Even before the pandemic family carers were struggling to access support following a diagnosis of dementia, but with this new service we can be there to support families more closely within their local areas.”

Paul Edwards, director of clinical services at Dementia UK, said: “We are delighted to have a dementia specialist as passionate as Ruby joining our new cohort of clinics-based Admiral Nurses.

“The pandemic has placed extreme pressures on families with dementia; support services have closed down and families have been left not knowing where or who to turn to.

“With her in-depth knowledge of the local health and social systems and empathy for the challenges which families with the condition face, Ruby will provide that direction and support which so many family carers need.”

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