Emergency services on West Sussex County Council agenda

DEMENTIA and accident and emergency services were set to be discussed at a West Sussex County Council health and adult social care select committee today (Thursday, 3).

The committee will discuss if people are benefiting from an early diagnosis and whether improvements can be made. They will hear the views of people with dementia and their carers through representatives of the Alzheimer’s Society and West Sussex Carers’ Support Service who will be speaking at the meeting.

Margaret Whitehead, committee chairman, said: “The numbers of people with dementia in West Sussex are going to rise over the next decade, in line with the increase in the ageing population. It is important, therefore, that we have the right services in place.”

The performance of accident and emergency in West Sussex is also on the agenda. The committee will be looking at waiting and response times with evidence from South East Coast Ambulance service (SECAmb), and clinical commissioning groups in attendance.