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Social prescriptions to unlock services for Barking and Dagenham dementia carers

PUBLISHED: 11:09 19 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:09 19 January 2017

John Craig of Care City, Barking, says the scheme is vital for the borough

John Craig of Care City, Barking, says the scheme is vital for the borough

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“Digital social prescriptions” will aim to revolutionise care for people with dementia.

Care City in Linton Road, Barking, has partnered with medical social network HealthUnlocked to develop the the initiative in the hope of rolling it out across the borough.

The scheme means carers will be able to access online services signposting them to social care and charities to build on any treatment.

HealthUnlocked’s chief medical officer Dr Matt Jameson Evans said this broader approach to support would ease the pressure of “devastating” conditions.

Care City’s chief executive John Craig said the project, which is still in its testing phase, was particularly vital to Barking and Dagenham, adding: “One in four people in hospital beds in our borough have dementia and 66 per cent of people with dementia are supported by unpaid carers.”


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