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Craven surgery nominated for dementia award

Craven surgery nominated for dementia award

Published at 9:47am 6th August 2015. (Updated at 9:50am 6th August 2015)

A Skipton GP practice has been shortlisted for a top award for its innovative work to improve the lives of dementia patients.

Dyneley House Surgery, on Newmarket Street, was recently adapted to accommodate those affected by the condition.

Work included decorating patient waiting areas with contrasting paintwork between walls and doorways, solid colour carpets, displaying images of local scenes and familiar objects, and installing a dementia-friendly clock with clear figures and date display.

As a result, the Alzheimer's Society has named the surgery as a finalist in the 2015 England and Wales Dementia Friendly Awards.

Winners will be announced at a special ceremony held at Trinity House, London, on 16 September.

Practice Manager Antony Radley said: "We are thrilled to be shortlisted as a finalist in a national competition, particularly in the 'Outstanding Contribution to Dementia Friendly Communities' category.

"The partners and staff at Dyneley House are committed to working together with our patients and partners to provide the highest quality care and best possible outcomes for patients and people living with dementia, their families and carers.

"We hope we have been able to make a difference. It's been a real team effort."

Dr Phil Pue, Chief Clinical Officer at NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added: "The CCG is delighted to hear of Dyneley House's nomination which is well-deserved.

"We applaud the GPs, Antony and his staff for their innovative steps to make the practice dementia friendly. The adaptations they have made will make a real difference to patients with dementia and their carers."

According to the Alzheimer's Society, there are around 800,000 people in the UK with dementia with the number increasing as people live longer.

By 2021, it's estimated there will be around one million living with the condition which is associated with ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities.

Photo shows former Mayor of Skipton John Dawson officially opening the new reception area, along with consort and town ambassador Judy Probst and receptionist Linda Bispham.