Stoke & Staffordshire

Gnosall GP wins award for dementia early diagnosis work

Dr Ian Greaves
Image caption Dr Greaves' scheme is estimated to have saved the NHS £400,000

A GP from Staffordshire has won a national award for pioneering work in the treatment of dementia.

Dr Ian Greaves developed a service that helped cut the diagnosis time from three years to just four weeks.

Since introducing it at his Gnosall surgery it is estimated to have saved the National Health Service around £400,000.

Dr Greaves has been given the GP Enterprise Award by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The scheme sees a consultant visit the surgery so patients referred to him see an expert much earlier than they would do normally.

'Cases will double'

Early diagnosis meant care could take place predominantly in a sufferer's home rather than in hospital.

Dr Greaves said: "From the patient's perspective that is absolutely wonderful.

"Dementia is a common problem that's going to get worse as the population ages - it's expected that the amount of cases over the next 20 years is going to double.

"We've improved the patient journey, so the patient gets a better service, they get diagnosed more quickly and a better care plan that stops them going into hospital unnecessarily."

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