Police call for dementia database

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Sir Peter Fahy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester is calling for a  dementia database

He believes a dementia database  would help emergency services assist people who are either confused or agitated.

 He said “It will enable the caring agencies to give a much better service when we receive a call and decide how to treat it,”

However this view is not met by the Alzheimer’s Society  who commented saying “It could cause more problems than it solved”.

It is estimated there are 800,000 people in the UK who are suffering from some form of dementia, this is a figure set to rise to more than one million over the next decade.

Many people with dementia live in the community and not care homes.

Sir Peter said “If the police or ambulance  service get a call to a particular address, they can phone the relatives to immediately get some background information”

He continued to say that Greater Manchester, one of the largest police forces in England, estimates that the equivalent of 400 of its 7,200 officers each year are deflected from traditional policing roles to deal with people who have mental health issues.

Part of that mental health workload is related to people suffering from dementia.

“It’s a growing issue and sometimes it is because people suffering from dementia go missing, sometimes it’s because they have fallen at home and they are confused and we need to gain access on behalf of the ambulance service,” Sir Peter told BBC Five live.

“We have some people with dementia who are ringing us 30 times a day and clearly we have to take every one of those calls seriously.

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Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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