NEW statistics from the Alzheimer’s Society reveals the strain on the NHS of people with dementia unnecessarily ending up in hospitals, which the charity blames on the collapsing social care system.
There were 2,005 emergency admissions of people with dementia in Trafford in 2017/18, an increase of 50.75 per cent in just five years, and higher than the national average of just over 35 per cent.
Across England, the latest statistics show there were 379,000 emergency admissions, up by almost 100,000 over the same period.
The number of people with dementia who end up stranded in hospital for up to a year after an emergency admission in England also rose 6 per cent from 2012/13, with 40,000 people with dementia stuck longer than a month in 2017/18.
The rising figures mean more than half of all people with a dementia diagnosis in England went through emergency admission to hospital in 2017/18 many multiple times.
Alzheimer’s Society also estimates that the total spend for the NHS of the increase in emergency admissions of people with dementia in 2017/18 was over £280 million. Additionally, the 40,000 people spending between a month and a year stranded in hospital in 2017/18 cost the NHS over £165m.
Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive, said: “People with dementia are all too often being dumped in hospital and left there for long stays.
"Many are only admitted because there’s no social care support to keep them safe at home. They are commonly spending more than twice as long in hospital as needed, confused and scared. This costs the NHS millions of pounds for the want of properly funded social care.”
“The estimated 850,000 people with dementia and their families across the UK heard the Prime Minister’s promise to fix social care.
"They expect action.”