Public invited to dementia talk at hospital

Dr Hannah Seymour.
Dr Hannah Seymour.

DEMENTIA will be the topic of next Wednesday’s Fiona Wood Public Lecture Series at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Making a difference in the dilemma of delirium and dementia will be presented by Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group consultant geriatrician and medical director Hannah Seymour and Fremantle Hospital nurse unit manager Anthea Crawford.

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Dr Seymour said people would learn practical things that could be done to prevent dementia and about services provided at hospitals.

“There’s no magical cure but we’ll talk about practical things,” she said.

As a geriatrician, Dr Seymour also had a passion for improving care for hip fracture patients.

“Some of the patients we deal with are the most vulnerable people in the hospital,” she said.

Dr Hannah Seymour.

Dr Seymour said 30 per cent of people with a hip fracture had pre-existing dementia and up to 50 per cent of hip fracture patients got delirium.

“This is the highest proportion of patients with dementia of any clinical problem in the hospital,” she said.

“Anything we can do to reduce delirium improves care and reduces distress and suffering.”

Book for Tuesday’s session online.