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Dumfries and Galloway dementia patient tracker trialled

The use of a tracking device to help people with dementia maintain a degree of independence is to be trialled by NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

The Buddi system allows those wearing the GPS-linked equipment to stay active without fear of getting lost.

The tracker can also be activated to call for emergency help, and to alert carers and relatives to a fall.

The health board's nurse director, Hazel Boreland, said it could help to keep people "in a safe environment".

She described it as an "innovative system" which could give added peace of mind to carers and families.

"Anything that can help patients with dementia maintain an increased level of safe independence has to be something that we test," she said.

"So that is why we are giving it a go."

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