CARE for dementia patients in Warrington has been rated as outstanding after an assessment NHS England.

The annual assessment of NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group focussed on three areas, including dementia services.

And care in this area was given the top rating of outstanding, with NHS England noting ‘hard work made in improving the care for people with dementia’.

Having been ranked 148th nationally for dementia diagnosis rates in 2018, the CCG now stands at 20th - with 73.5 per cent of estimated patients having a recorded diagnosis.

In care planning and post-diagnosis support, 81.8 per cent of dementia patients had had their care plans reviewed in the previous 12 months.

Andy Tysoe, chairman of the CCG’s dementia transformation board, said: “In Warrington, we are passionate about providing the best possible care and support for people affected by dementia and to enable people to live better with their dementia.

“Although we acknowledge we have more to do to achieve that, this rating from NHS England is recognition of the hard work and dedication of the staff involved.

“Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to this work.”