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Woodside - younger persons dementia unit

Woodside is our pioneering unit at Dunston Hill Day Hospital.

QE Gateshead also recognises that dementia doesn’t just afflict older people, the number of younger sufferers is also on the rise. Sadly this seems to be a growing problem with day care places increasing by 50 per cent since 2009 and predictions are for further increases.

Although dementia is often associated with older people, sufferers can be diagnosed in their thirties or forties The Woodside Unit at QE Gateshead’s Dunston Hill Day Hospital is a unique service providing care for people with young onset dementia using a specialised day hospital and community outreach support. The service also runs a monthly Dementia café and carers support group. 

Emma Prendergast, a nurse who manages the service said: “Patients who are diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65 have complex needs because services are usually organised around the needs of much older people. The traditional healthcare services are inappropriate for younger patients and their families, especially if the patients are in their thirties or forties.

“Woodside gives people a place to go and build new peer relationships, maintain skills and learn how to manage the symptoms of their illness. Ultimately we aim to reduce the number of people going into residential care by supporting complex patients five days a week at the Woodside unit.”

“We’re also working hard to try and reduce the stigma of having an early onset of dementia by raising awareness. Our unit is providing information and advice to GP services, neurology clinicians and social care teams to ensure that younger people with dementia have their unique needs recognised and adequately addressed.”

The Dementia Café is a drop in centre for people with dementia who are under 65 or you are caring for someone with a dementia. This service can offer 1.1 support advice discussions around finances and benfits and also a chance for carers to meet and chat with other carers. The dementia café is usually on the last Friday of the month between 1.00pm and 2.30pm.

You can contact the unit on 0191 445 6462. Click here for some photos of the unit. 

 Click here for a leaflet about the unit 

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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