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Hospital staff ‘not getting adequate dementia care training’

20th December 2010

Hospitals are failing to provide dementia awareness training to their staff, a report has found.

Ninety-five per cent of hospitals do not provide all staff with training in dementia awareness, according to the National Audit of Dementia.

The report looked at the care given to nearly 8,000 patients with dementia at 206 hospitals in England and Wales.

In addition to uncovering 'unacceptable' levels of dementia awareness training, the report also discovered that less than half of patients with dementia underwent mental health tests when they were admitted to hospital.

Furthermore, a third of dementia patients did not have a nutritional assessment recorded.

Professor Peter Crome, geriatric medicine specialist and chairman of the report's steering committee, said: "Yet again a report has found marked deficiencies in the care of older people with dementia in general hospitals."

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said that the lack of staff training in dementia care was "unacceptable".ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800301260-ADNFCR

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