Specialist dementia nurse to help a number of local families living with dementia
Dr Castle and Partners at Sole Bay Health Centre, Reydon, has appointed its first Admiral Nurse, Melinda (Mindy) Mortimer, in partnership with Dementia UK and Sole Bay Care Fund.
Mindy will play an essential role within the Suffolk community by helping families face the most challenging cases of dementia. The service will also provide support to those families who have not yet received a dementia diagnosis but who are seeing dementia symptoms in a relative.
Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, these Nurses work alongside people with dementia, their families and carers: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions.
Before starting her role at Sole Bay Health Centre, Mindy had seven years of experience in supporting families living with dementia both as an Admiral Nurse with the Royal British Legion and within a Memory Service in an NHS Foundation Trust in London. Mindy also has experience of working within care home settings.
The new role will expand on this experience, particularly as she will be developing a better understanding, and confidence, amongst other healthcare professionals as well as supporting Southwold and surrounding villages to become ‘dementia friendly’.
Mindy Mortimer, Admiral Nurse based at the Sole Bay Health Centre, said: “I feel very privileged and I am really looking forward to working alongside families living with dementia in Southwold and the surrounding areas. Getting a diagnosis can be difficult and isolating for people, so it is imperative they are given the best possible advice and support.”
Cathy Ryan, Community Matron for Dr Castle and Partners said: “I am so delighted and proud for our Community to have the first GP based Admiral Nurse in Suffolk. It has been a personal crusade for me to make this happen, as I cared for my own mother with dementia for 10 years, and there appeared to be little support when I needed it. I then discovered Admiral Nurses, but there were none in Suffolk, at that time and so I vowed I would do everything I could to support my patients raising the funds to have their own Admiral Nurse”.
Sole Bay Health Centre and Sole Bay Care Fund has partnered with Dementia UK to provide the service. Dementia UK will continually train, develop and support Mindy in her new role.
Charlotte Harris, Dementia UK’s Business Development Officer for the region, added: “Mindy will have a huge impact on the local area. With her background in community care, she will allow those diagnosed to be cared for in the comfort of their homes for longer and will also greatly improve the wellbeing of carers”.
The service will be available to all families registered at Sole Bay Health Centre.