Sometimes referred to as the DME or, formerly, geriatrics, elderly medicine provides assessment, treatment and active rehabilitation for our older patients. Our services include clinics for people with memory problems and Parkinson's disease.
Assessment includes psychometric testing and investigations
(including blood tests, ECG and CT head scan, if required) to reach
a definitive diagnosis. We offer treatment for Alzheimer's and
Vascular Dementia. Furthermore, patients with rarer causes of
dementia are assessed and referred to tertiary centres if
Our Memory Team are dedicated to treating patients with memory
We aim to assess patients with memory problems, establish a
diagnosis, treat if necessary and support patients with memory
problems and their carers.
We provide information regarding dementing illnesses to patients
and carers, as well as information relating to support and
resources in the community and hospital.
Our Memory Clinic takes place in the Day Assessment Unit (DAU)
(located on the ground floor
of the Prittlewell Building) thereby allowing instant access to
ECG, phlebotomy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and other
If required, patients can be referred to the Community Mental
Health Team. There is also a nurse-led follow up Memory Clinic
once a week and a telephone helpline for patients and carers
(Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm) where people can gain information or
discuss problems. There are no day care facilities offered within
the clinic, however patients can be referred to a daycentre.
People with early onset dementia (<65 years) can be
referred the Peaceful Place Day Centre.
Memory Clinic (Day Assessment
01702 435555 ext 6146