A public consultation to determine the future of older people’s services in Harrow has been launched by Central and North West London Foundation Trust.

The trust is proposing to introduce a memory assessment service to meet the demand for assessment and early diagnosis of people who could have or go on to develop dementia.

The trust has received a high number of complaints from patients due to delays in receiving a diagnosis.

The budget will be reallocated from day services to develop a memory assessment service.

Harrow currently invests significantly less on memory services compared to neighbouring boroughs. Harrow spent £85,355 in 2012-13 compared to £513,870 spend by Brent and £548,776 by Hillingdon.

The consultation will run until 31 January 2014.