Sheffield MP finds out about dementia

Meg Munn
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Sheffield MP Meg Munn took time out of Parliament to learn about work with dementia sufferers in her constituency.

Ms Munn, who represents Labour in the Heeley ward, visited Hurlfield View Resource Centre to meet staff to find out about the work they do with residents suffering from dementia.

Managers Chris Scott and Sarah Burley told the MP about the range of services available at the centre, and spoke about the importance of engaging dementia sufferers in social care, as opposed to a hospital environment.

During a tour of the building Ms Munn met staff and was told about plans to expand the centre, with work due to start in January, to cope with an increasing number of people being diagnosed with dementia in the city.

Hurlfield View provides day care and community services and has 16 beds.

Ms Munn said: “Hurlfield View is a brilliant example of a successful service for dementia sufferers.

“The care and compassion of the staff was clear to see, and it was great to see how much more was on offer than simply medical treatment and how effective an approach grounded in social care can be.

“I look forward to visiting again once the building work has been completed and seeing the excellent new facilities.”

Hurlfield View is being expanded into a hub for a range of community and day care services as two other centres in the city face the axe.

Sheffield Council, which spends £19 million a year on dementia services, wants to close Norbury, in Norwood, and Bole Hill View in Crookes.

Council bosses want to provide more services in patients’ homes and at community venues such as church halls to bring costs down in the face of Government funding cuts – more than £100 million over the next five years.