The youngest diagnosis of dementia at NDHT

In recognition of Dementia Action Week (17 – 23 May 2021), we are sharing a patient story. This story is about Jayne Gater, the youngest person to be diagnosed with a dementia at the Trust, and the support delivered by our Admiral Nursing (dementia clinical nurse specialist) team.

Following years of cognitive decline without a diagnosis, Jayne was diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies during an admission to North Devon District Hospital in January 2020. She was experiencing hallucinations at age 57, and was diagnosed at age 59.

From the point of diagnosis to the end of her life, Jayne and her partner and carer Rob were supported by our Admiral Nursing team. In this patient story, Rob shares his experience of caring for Jayne and being supported by the service.

Our Admiral Nursing team

From its start with Angela Walter as the first hospital-based Admiral Nurse in Devon, the team now has three staff members, Angela as Admiral Nurse lead – dementia clinical nurse specialist, Mel Braund – dementia support nurse, and Dione Johns – senior healthcare assistant dementia support.

The service supports people living with dementia, the carers/families of those living with dementia, and supports staff with education and training.

The past year has been immensely challenging for everyone, and the pandemic has been really isolating for people with dementia and their carers. But our Admiral Nursing team has continued to help those in need. Read more about the Admiral Nursing service.

The team’s popular Dementia Café, hosted at NDDH, had to be postponed due to the pandemic. The team are working on relaunching the café, once national restrictions allow.

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Last updated: May 17, 2021