About 95% of the hospitals in England and Wales do not provide mandatory training in dementia awareness for the staff, according to National Audit of Dementia Interim Report.
The report, which was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership and conducted by The Royal College of Psychiatrists, looked at the care received by nearly 8,000 patients with dementia in 206 hospitals in England and Wales.
The report also revealed that one-third of the patients did not have their nutritional assessment recorded during their admission, while fewer than half of the patients received a formal mental status test upon admission.
Chair of the report’s steering committee, Professor Peter Crome said that the report has found marked deficiencies in the case of older people with dementia in general hospitals.
“Assessing and treating dementia patients properly will not only improve the patients’ health and quality of life but will also result in shortened hospital stays and a reduction in both NHS and social care costs,” Crome added.