Concerns regarding on-going problems with memory and thinking skills should firstly be brought to the attention of the person’s GP who will assess for any physical or psychological causes for these changes. They will also conduct a brief memory assessment and if appropriate refer to the Memory Service access point.
All referrals are discussed in a ‘single point of entry’ meeting to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria.
Once the referral has been allocated to the memory service the person will be referred for a brain scan and receive an appointment for an initial assessment within 6 weeks. This appointment will last for 1 to 2 ½ hours and will include a comprehensive assessment of memory, physical and mental health and any changes in day-to-day functional abilities.
The person will receive a consultant appointment to discuss the results of all their investigations within 12 weeks of the referral.
Dependent upon the diagnosis, those eligible will be offered treatment with an Acetyl Cholinesterase Inhibitor. Once stable on a therapeutic dose of their treatment they are discharged back the GP who continues to review the condition and treatment.
The service provides a range of information and support for all people diagnosed with dementia or a mild cognitive impairment and those who support them.
For out of hours support, please call 0161 342 2222 or contact your out of hours GP service.
The Memory Assessment Service won one of the Trust's CARES Awards in 2017 for the Mental Health South Category, to recognise their hard work. You can watch their video below:
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