Chichester to be a hub for new service

A NEW memory assessment service covering the whole of West Sussex, including Chichester, is to be launched on September 3.

Members of the county’s joint health commissioning board heard the service would be located in four hubs, based in Chichester, Worthing, Horsham and Haywards Heath.

The County Hall meeting was also told the new service would lead to a big increase in diagnosis rates for dementia.

Additional satellite clinics would be provided in more remote parts of the county, and a number of GP practices had indicated they would offer clinic space to make the service even more accessible.

Tom Insley, principal manager, mental health and substance misuse, said the service would be a partnership arrangement between the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society.

He told the board that almost all the 
28 posts were now filled.

The outcome of the service would be many more people receiving a diagnosis, with an impact on social care budgets in the short term.

But as a whole there was a long-term realisation of having less spending than there would otherwise be.

The board was told funding for the new service had been secured through NHS Sussex, to the annual value of £2.3m.