You might be ‘referred’ by a health care professional (e.g. GP, nurse, or medical consultant), after experiencing cognitive changes, changes to your behaviour or other difficulties. You can also ‘self refer’ by contacting us and requesting an appointment although it is often very helpful to be referred by your GP or a professional who is familiar with your background and difficulties. Following referral, an appointment is usually offered to undertake an assessment. This assessment could help clarify the nature and extent of the changes, management/treatment options, advice and support.
Diagnostic assessment typically includes detailed clinical interview, discussion with relatives and formal cognitive assessment. It can also include liaison with medical practitioners.
The outcome can include feedback, prognostic and management advice, psychological treatment and referral on to other professionals or services