In a similar pattern to the rest of the UK, Surrey has an ageing population. This means more people are living longer, and living with dementia. It is estimated that 17,000 people live with dementia in Surrey.
Having a parent or relative with dementia can be really difficult at times. For a full guide on dementia diagnosis and advice, please download our free Age Space Dementia Guide. You can also visit our dedicated page on Looking after Someone with Dementia.
It is vital that you find support for yourself. Sometimes a support group or local charity can make a big difference, and make you feel less isolated. For more information, please take a look at our Carer Support Groups in Surrey.
For those living with dementia there is a joint health and social care strategy led in partnership by Surrey County Council, NHS services and local charities and stakeholders. The strategy aims to deliver more localised and effective services for people with dementia and their carers. This is challenging; demands for services are increasing whilst public funding decreasing. The strategy is focused around a person-centred local community response. The 5 key aims can be summarised as follows:
- Living well in dementia friendly communities
- Preventing well
- Diagnosing well
- Supporting well
- Dying well
This guide will look at how co-ordinated organisations in Surrey play their part towards this overarching strategy, a long with contact details.
If you are looking for Dementia-Friendly initiatives or activities, please visit our Dementia Friendly Communities Surrey Guide.
- NHS Services for People with Dementia in Surrey
- Local Charities Supporting People with Dementia in Surrey
NHS Services for People with Dementia in Surrey
CCGs in Surrey
In Surrey, there are 6 NHS CCGs covering the county that organise GP services. Your relative’s GP should be your first contact point of contact in the diagnosis process.
- East Surrey CCG
- Guildford and Waverley CCG
- North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG (shared CCG for Hampshire and Surrey)
- North West Surrey CCG
- Surrey Downs CCG
- Surrey Heath CCG
Search here by entering a postcode to find a local GP. GPs can diagnose dementia and the stage of the disease using memory assessments. GPs can also provide health advice, and direct to services to help manage the condition.
Community Mental Health Teams for Older People
The Older People’s Community Mental Health Team for Older People (CMHTOP) offers assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for people over 65. This includes dementia, and all secondary mental health impacts associated with the disease.
Within the team are doctors, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, social care practitioners and support workers. The team also works closely with charities, particularly the Alzheimer’s Society, to signpost to activities and to ensure carers have access to support too.
The service accepts referrals for people over 65 with concerns about their memory, including mild cognitive impairment. Referrals can come from a GP, or you can self refer if you feel support would benefit your relative.
Please find local CHMHTOP websites and contact number below where you can find for more information:
- CMHT OP: East Surrey
- Telephone: 01737 288 930
- CMHT OP: Guildford
- Telephone: 01483 443 655
- CMHT OP: Mid Surrey
- Telephone: 0300 222 5716
- CMHT OP: North East Hampshire
- Telephone: 01252 335 544
- CMHT OP: Spelthorne
- Telephone: 01932 587 033
- CMHT OP: Surrey Heath
- Telephone: 01276 454 100
- CMHT OP: Waverley
- Telephone: 01483 528 116
- CMHT OP: West Elmbridge and Runnymede
- Telephone: 01932 587 033
- CMHT OP: Woking
- Telephone: 01932 587 033
- Telephone: 01932 587 033
Intensive Support Team for Dementia
An Intensive Support Team made up of dementia specialists, works alongside CMHTOPs. This team provide additional assessments and interventions for people with advanced dementia and very challenging behaviour. Home-based assessment and support for families are available. The team of specialists are from a wide range of backgrounds, including nursing, psychology and occupational therapy.
Telephone: 01932 587032
Palliative Care for People with Dementia
NHS palliative teams in hospitals and Surrey hospices are able to provide specialist care to those with dementia towards the end of life. Support is also available to families. For more information, please visit our comprehensive guide to Palliative Care in Surrey.
Local Charities Supporting People with Dementia in Surrey
Across Surrey, charities work to improve the lives of those living with dementia, their carers and families. Please find more information on the work being carried out below; contact details are provided.
The Alzheimer’s Society
The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s largest charity supporting people with dementia. The charity have a regional office in Surrey located in Addlestone. You can contact the office for advice around dementia support in Surrey and signposting to suitable local services.
Address: 65 Woodham Lane New Haw, Addlestone, KT15 3ND
Telephone: 01932 855582
Dementia Action Alliance
The Dementia Action Alliance works to bring together organisations who are committed to transforming social and health outcomes for people living with dementia. Smaller groups called Local Dementia Action Alliances (LDAAs) work together to achieve this aim.
In Surrey, there are 21 LDAAs. Each LDAA is run by a small committee steering group which sets out local objectives, as informed by people living with dementia and their carers living in their community. LLDA group websites are listed below, where you can find what the groups are up to in the area alongside contact details. New groups are being set up all the time, so it is worth checking the national Dementia Action Alliance website or you can set up your own group to make a difference!
Mid Surrey Dementia Care Trust (MSDCT)
The Trust was set up in 1995 at the Conservatory Club in Leatherhead for people in early and middles stages of dementia. The Club is open from 10am to 3pm each weekday, with capacity for up to 8 members to attend daily. The Conservatory Club is adjacent to the Mole Valley Wellbeing Centre and members are asked to pay the same fees (£15 per year). Potential new members are invited for a day free of charge to see if they enjoy the experience.
Activities at the Conservatory Club include arts, crafts, games, quizzes, looking through newspapers, music and general conversation. This aims to help maintain mental and physical wellbeing, and interest in life. Depending on funding, sometimes members are taken on outings such as visit to the garden centre or beach.
Address: The Conservatory Club, 34 Swan Court, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH
Telephone: 07913 707704
Surrey Wellbeing Centres
There are 5 wellbeing centres run by local councils across Surrey that provide dementia support. This includes memory improvement sessions, information about living independently with dementia and carer support. To attend wellbeing centres there is a small annual membership fee (around £20), please contact your local centre for more details on pricing.
Elmbridge Wellbeing Centre
At the Wellbeing Centre in Elmbridge, friendly advice is available from dementia specialists on memory loss and carer support. There is a weekly specialised day care group where visitors with dementia can take part in activities, providing respite to their carers.
Address: Walton Centre for the Community, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2PB
Telephone: 01932 247549
Epsom and Ewell Wellbeing Centre
The Epsom and Ewell Wellbeing Centre supports people with memory loss and confusion and in the early stages of dementia. The Centre also has a community alarm and telecare demonstration suite. Please call to find out the best time to visit.
Address: Longmead Day Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, KT19 9HG
Telephone: 01372 727583
Guildford Wellbeing Centre
The Guildford Wellbeing Centre is a local hub of information and support relating to memory loss, dementia and all associated problems. A specialised support worker is available to signpost to appropriate services. The best time to drop in is on Wednesdays, between 10am and 12.30pm.
Address: Guildford Wellbeing Centre, Park Barn Drive, GU2 8EN
Telephone: 01483 458055
Mole Valley Wellbeing Centre
The Centre in Mole Valley provides space where people can come along with their carers and be engaged in memory related activities on Tuesdays. Please contact using the number below for more details. The Centre is adjactent to the Conservatory Club run by the Mid Surrey Dementia Trust.
Address: 34 Swan Court, Leret Way, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH
Telephone: 01372 376058
Woking Wellbeing Centre
The Woking Wellbeng Centre provides advice to people living with dementia and their carers through a drop in service on Mondays. You can also book an appointment for a more formal chat.
Address: 45 Broadway, Knaphill, Woking, GU21 2SP
Telephone: 01483 743558