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More dementia support nurses for southern England

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Three new teams of Admiral Nurses are to be created in England, with the first service being established in Kent this month.

The initiative, backed with £1m from independent healthcare provider BUPA, should improve community care for dementia patients, their families and carers.

Admiral Nurses have specific mental health training and provide vital care to the families of dementia sufferers, assist carers by providing nursing advice, emotional support and bereavement counselling.

The first of the new teams started up this month in partnership with the Eastern and Coastal PCT, and Kentand Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Following the first scheme in East Kent, a second team in southern England will start work this year and another is planned to begin operating in London in 2009.

Dr Clive Bowman, medical director at BUPA, said the health insurer understood the ‘impact dementia has in the community and the important contribution Admiral Nurses make in helping families to navigate and cope with the challenges presented by the disease’.

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