Dementia Services and Hull Memory Clinic
We have been offering an early memory assessment and treatment service for nearly 20 years through the Hull Memory Clinic based at Coltman Street and through our community services in the East Riding.
Hull Memory Clinic provides a specialist service for people of all ages, aiming to meet the needs of people who are concerned they may have a memory problem. The Team also work with the person’s supporter to ensure a quality assessment and treatment process, that takes everyone’s needs into account.
A multi-disciplinary team, qualified in diagnosing and treating memory problems, will comprehensively assess and diagnose the nature of a person's memory difficulties. The team includes: nurses, support, time & recovery workers, psychologists, psychology assistants, occupational therapists and psychiatrists. Findings from assessments and any diagnosis are usually reported to the patients registered General Practitioner (GP).
Following a diagnosis, a range of treatment interventions can be offered to both individuals or groups, and can include medication if necessary. All of this is provided with additional input from a range of support workers and robust links with other agencies.
What should I do if I am concerned about my memory?
If you have a concern about your memory, it is important that you make an appointment with your registered GP. If you are a carer, relative or friend of someone who you think has memory problems, encourage them to to see their GP at the earliest opportunity as there are other treatable conditions that can cause memory loss. A GP may wish to eliminate those conditions before referring someone to our Early Memory Service.
NHS Choices and the Alzheimers Society offer excellent advice on what more you can do if you have concerns and have published the following leaflets:
NHS Choices - 'Worried someone close to you is losing their memory'
Alzheimers Society - 'Worried About Your Memory'.
Lewy Body Society "Are you Worried about Dementia" and "Referral for a Diagnosis"
Humber Memory Services and Hull Memory Clinic are dedicated to ensuring that older people and their supporters, contribute to and support the NHS in developing research in memory rehabilitation and psychosocial interventions in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Offering service users and their supporters the opportunity to participate in research programmes also enables the service to demonstrate compliance with the Memory Service National Accreditation Scheme. Information about current dementia research studies is available at www.challangedemcare.com and also in the Memory Service newsletter.
Join Dementia Research
One of the big difficulties researchers face today is recruiting people to take part in their studies. At the same time, many people would like the opportunity to contribute by participating in studies but don't know where to find out about them.
This is why the NIHR, in partnership with Alzheimer's Research UK and the Alzheimer's Society, have developed Join Dementia Research, a new service that allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies. Everybody now has the chance to see what dementia research is taking place, both in their local area and across the UK.
Once registered. you can subscribe to receive regular updates and information on research that matches your information. To find out more, please visit www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk.
What Service Users tell us
Here's what service users have said about the Memory Clinic:
“A lovely space…this must reflect all the care and understanding the staff show to visitors.”
“Back again but not apprehensive this time…still nice and friendly with the staff caring about everything, thank you all”
“Mum commented that everyone is so nice. Coming into the Memory Clinic has a relaxed and stressless environment
“Thank you for the attention and treatment I have received”
“This clinic is probably the best myself and my wife have ever been in…this place rivals any private clinic we have ever seen”
“The quiet atmosphere is healing in the transfer of ones thoughts – it gives one time to think about the steps ahead”
“A very warm and welcoming place – staff just wonderful putting visitors at ease…thank you for all your support”
How to access the service
The Memory Clinic accepts referrals primarily from GPs, but it also accepts referrals from other agencies, as well as service users themselves, or their supporters. If we receive a referral from someone other than the service users registered GP, we will need consent from the service user to contact their GP for more information in order to properly assess the referral and offer an appointment. This helps us to provide the earliest assessment appointment possible.
Tel: 01482 336617
Hull Memory Clinic
39-41 Coltman Street