Lancashire NHS trusts agree on single dementia unit

A new central site is to be created to treat people with dementia in Lancashire.

NHS Lancashire voted for a single dementia care unit rather than two sites at a meeting earlier but could not agree on the location.

Blackpool was the preferred site but concerns were expressed during public consultation that it would be too far for some relatives to travel.

Health bosses will now consider a more central location for the centre.

NHS Lancashire Cluster Board medical director Dr Jim Gardner said the meeting was a success despite failing to agree on where the site will be located.

Dr Gardner said: "Consider how for a long time people with particular conditions, for example cancer, have been prepared to travel to Manchester or further afield for specialist care.

"That is what this is about; the intervention of specialist care to get people back into their homes as soon as we possibly can."

The NHS Lancashire Cluster Board is made up of Blackburn with Darwen Teaching Care Trust, Blackpool Primary Care Trust, Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust, East Lancashire Primary Care Trust and the North Lancashire Primary Care Trust.

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