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memory clinicJoe Segen2016-12-07T19:38:05+00:00
A memory clinic is any of an estimated 250 specialist services (clinics) in the UK for assessing and diagnosing memory disorders in patients with early dementia, which were first developed in academic centres in the 1980s.
Memory clinics may use a team–neurologist, mental health nurse, psychologist, occupational therapist–approach to assess a patient’s mental status by an interview, physical exam and, if warranted, brain imaging. Early flags for dementia include changes in performing daily tasks, managing finances or coping in social settings.
The NHS was tasked with developing memory clinics within each specialist mental health service in 2009 and earmarked £150 million for the first two years of a 5-year plan to support memory clinics
Synonym Dementia clinic