Devon's first admiral nurse has begun working in East Devon to support people and their families with dementia.
Admiral nurses provide a specialist dementia help such as one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions when things get challenging or difficult.
The post has been filled by Heidi Crook in Sid Valley thanks to an incredible local fundraising effort. She is employed by the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, and works as part of Sidmouth's community nursing team.
Heidi said: "The local community are completely behind our new service which is amazing to see. My role is to look after the families who dedicate themselves to caring for their loved one.
"They need someone to advocate for them and who can provide them with the specialist dementia support that they need."
Her appointment has been welcomed by East Devon's MP Sir Hugo Swire. He said: "Given that a quarter of the population in Sidmouth is aged over 75 and people are living longer, dealing with dementia effectively and innovatively is an enormous task. I wish Heidi the very best of luck. I am sure she will make a real difference."
The fundraising effort to bring in an admiral nurse included a campaign by the Sid Valley Memory Café. The Big Lottery Fund will also provide funding for the service over the next three years.
Referrals will open at the end of April and can be made via the Sid Valley GP practice.
Article courtesy of www.devonlive.com First published 31/03/17