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Nurse-led dementia support for veterans extended

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Two new nurse-led dementia support services have been launched by the Royal British Legion, covering Hampshire and Somerset.

The charity for armed forces veterans has developed a partnership with Dementia UK, which runs Admiral nursing services nationally.

Under the partnership, the two organisations have set up the Royal British Legion Admiral Nurse Service, which specifically provides support for family carers of those with dementia who are part of the armed forces community.

The service was originally launched in Lancashire and the Midlands in 2012, but is now being extended to cover two further counties in the south.

Rachael Clarke will be Admiral nurse lead for Somerset and Adam Smith in Hampshire.

The legion said it was also looking to recruit registered nurses with experience of dementia care in both counties to become Admiral nurses.

Referrals for the new service are also now being taken and the legion said it was “urging people who need the charity’s support to get in touch”.

Either the person with dementia or the carer needs to be eligible as a beneficiary of the legion in order to qualify for support, under the joint scheme.

Greenwich Hospital, the Royal Navy’s oldest charity, is providing £150,000 of funding over three years to support the legion in extending the service to Hampshire.

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