Updated: 28/06/17 : 07:59:32
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No dementia clinics in Sligo or North West

Despite having an estimated 857 people suffering with dementia in Sligo, the county has no clinic to cater for these patients.

Living in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, 66-year-old Helen Rochford Brennan, pictured, is only too aware of the service gaps and challenges facing patients.

She was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease five years ago and is an advocate for dementia patients. She is chair of the European working group of people with dementia and former chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group.

Memory clinics were not part of Rochford Brennan’s diagnosis journey. She travelled to Galway and Dublin to access the necessary specialist assessments, scans, and tests to confirm a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Speaking to The Irish Times, Ms Rochford said, “There were no memory clinics available in my area when I was being assessed and diagnosed and that situation hasn’t changed. It’s very difficult for people who have no option but to travel long distances to access services, and that’s no longer acceptable,” she said.

Other counties in the region with no dementia clinics include; Leitrim, Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Cavan, Monaghan.

                        Memory clinics in Ireland: Courtesy of Irish Times