BRIDPORT Medical Centre’s patient participation group is experimenting with a regular education evening.

The topic of its first event is dementia because Dorset has the highest proportion of older people in the country and the worst record for diagnosing dementia.

The hope is that these educational evenings will give patients and carers the confidence to take more responsibility for managing their health and to work with health and social care professionals.

Chairman Frank Wilde said: “The shadow Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is divided into 13 ‘localities’.

“Our aim is to involve patients and carers across Dorset West Locality so the invitation has been extended to patients and carers from Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Beaminster, Maiden Newton and Portesham.

“GPs from all these areas already meet regularly to discuss their plans for April 2013 when Primary Care Trusts disappear.”

The dementia information evening is on Thursday, October 18 from 7pm to 9pm in the medical centre.