Diagnostic Memory Clinic


Newham

103 First Avenue,
Plaistow,

London  E13 9AP
09.00am-5.00pm

The Diagnostic Memory Clinic is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Psychiatry, Psychology and Dementia specialists. The aim of the service is to provide a comprehensive assessment leading to a timely diagnosis.

These services assess people with memory problems so that we can detect if they have the symptoms of dementia. Early diagnosis enables people to take advantage of new treatments to slow the onset of the condition, to plan their care and maintain a higher quality of life.

We work closely with the Community Mental Health Team, GP’s,  Alzheimer’s Society and other agencies.

We share premises with the Alzheimer's Society so assessment and support are available in the same place. Support available in Newham



Referrals are via your GP so that a physical health screening can be carried out to rule out other reasons for memory difficulties. Please forward any referrals to elft.firstavenueadmin@nhs.net

 

Your GP or a health professional can arrange a referral to the service

This service carries out an indepth assessment to ascertain if symptoms of memory loss could be Dementia. Dementia is the gradual loss of mental abilities such as:

  • Thinking
  • reasoning
  • remembering

It is not a disease, but symptoms such as:

  • loss of memory
  • confusion
  • changes in personality, mood and behaviour

that may accompany some diseases or conditions affecting the brain.

Dementia:

  • Usually affects older people
  • becomes more common with age (most people who develop dementia are over 60
  • can develop in younger people
  • is not normal part of growing old (most older people never develop dementia)
The service will carry out an assessment to test people who have noticed that they are forgetful or who  feel that their behaviour has changed.
The Memory Service team is made up of health professionals in Psychiatry, Psychology and Dementia specialists. This consists of medical staff, nursing staff, occupational therapists, social workers and other health and social care roles.




Clinical

Conditions:

Cognitive impairment
Dementia


Clinical speciality:

Mental Health Older Adults & Dementia