Alexander House, Knaresborough Tel: 01423 795150
Ash Tree Road
Tel: 01423 795150
There are many causes of poor memory and cognition, for example:
- physical health problems
- mental health conditions including stress, anxiety and depression
- dementia for example Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy Bodies
- other neurological conditions.
You will be invited to an appointment where we will gather information to help us understand the cause of your difficulties and work with you to plan appropriate investigations, diagnosis, treatment and support.
Why have a memory assessment?
It is important to find out if you have a significant memory problem and if so, what the cause is. Sometimes this may be reversible or a treatment can be found.
If a diagnosis is made we will be able to give you information about the help that is available to you, including:
- accessing support
- legal advice on matters such as lasting power of attorney
- qualifying for benefits
- planning for the future
The clinic includes nurses, a psychiatrist (a doctor who specialises in diagnosing memory problems), occupational therapists, health care assistants and psychologists.
What will happen at the memory assessment?
At your first appointment a member of the team will complete an assessment with you. For us to properly understand the nature of your difficulties, it is helpful for us to interview someone who knows you well. If you are happy for us to do this please bring someone to the appointment with you.
Will I be given a diagnosis?
If a specific diagnosis is made we will draw up a plan of treatment and care with you; this may be at your assessment appointment. If the diagnosis is unclear you may need further investigations. Further follow up appointments will be made with the service.
What happens next?
Depending on the outcome of the assessment, we may offer you:
- medical investigations
- an occupational therapy assessment
- further memory testing
- a referral back to your GP
- a referral to other services.
Leaflet reference: L507
Date last updated: 02/2016
Archive date: 02/2019