David Morris column: Getting the lowdown on dementia care

David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP

I have read in the local press in recent weeks concern about Altham Meadows closing so I invited Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to meet with me in my office on Friday to enable me to ascertain the facts.

Firstly, I have been informed that Altham Meadows is not closing; the building will still house specialist services. As background, people with dementia are usually cared for at home. This is a clinical decision and as many people as possible will continue to be cared for that way.

Out of all the dementia sufferers in Lancashire, there are approximately 200 people who suffer from dementia that is so severe they require a bed and approximately three of the 200 are from the Lancaster and Morecambe area. It is these people who are cared for at Altham Meadows.

It is likely these patients will be cared for in Blackpool. However, there will also be more beds available at Moss View in Heysham. I will continue to monitor the situation and I will be registering to join the MPs dementia awareness programme although I do have an understanding as my mum suffered from dementia.

This week I have an extremely busy week in Parliament. On Wednesday I will introduce a Bill into the Commons which seeks to define Gibraltar’s territorial waters in UK law. I expect the debate to be lively and I’m pleased with the huge support I have received already on Twitter.

On the same day I will lead a debate on badger vaccines. Essentially I would like badgers to be vaccinated against carrying Bovine TB by specially trained members of the community so that the big society can care for badgers. I would like to trial this project here in Morecambe and Lunesdale.

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