Coronavirus: Join our campaign for support in the NHS

We need your help to make sure people with dementia have access to critical care during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Government is rightly working to free up space in hospitals.

However, the proposals around this need to come with a guarantee that people with dementia who are currently in hospital waiting for support in their community, won't end up without support, or in care homes unable to provide the specialist care they need.

Our campaign priorities

  • Standing up for the rights of people with dementia having access to critical care; and not be denied care purely because of their dementia diagnosis.
  • Demonstrating why dementia should be added to the Public Health England enhanced risk list, enabling access to priority services.
  • Ensuring there is guarantee of safe hospital discharge with adequate care provided in the community or a suitable care home.

Access to Critical Care

We are calling for an urgent review of the National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) Covid-19 critical care guidelines. We are concerned that existing critical care guidelines potentially discriminate against people living with dementia by stating that those who can’t do everyday tasks like shopping, cooking or walking outside alone may not be given treatment.

We wrote to NICE to outline these concerns, but did not receive a satisfactory response.

We therefore signed a letter, alongside other key organisations and clinical stakeholders, written by Alistair Burns of NHS England, reiterating the importance that people living with dementia are given equal access to critical care. We are awaiting a response from that letter.

How you can help

We will not stop campaigning until people affected by dementia, who are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, receive the care and support that they need and deserve, on an equal footing with everyone else.

If you would like to support this campaign, sign up to hear more about our campaigns work and what we are doing to help people affected by dementia at this difficult time.

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Read about our other coronavirus campaigns

  • Support in social care - campaigning for the Government to support our social care system, and those who rely on it.
  • Support in society - campaigning for everyone with dementia to have access to food and essential services
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