There are multiple causes for impaired cognitive (brain) function and navigating the different services one step at a time is both confusing and time-consuming. Waiting for a referral, then blood tests, then a scan and finally follow up dementia appointments feel very disjointed and frustrating, not to mention, it takes a long time to get one.
Our private dementia service includes everything needed to reach an accurate diagnostic decision, at a fixed price and an expert report which will be accepted by the NHS. Usually, we have private dementia appointments to start the process within a week of booking and typically we complete our assessment pathway within a month
All blood tests
ECG (heart monitor)
We use the Addenbrookes assessment tool – this can be done in person or virtually and assesses recall, recognition, awareness and performance.
The Addenbrookes assessment is recognised as the most appropriate validated tool for use in specialist memory services in the United Kingdom (Hodges & Larner, 2017)
Included in the fee is imaging by CT or MRI scan (depending on age) – this provides objective, measurable information about the structure of the brain.
We arrange a concluding consultation (in person or virtually) with a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist who specialises in dementia diagnosis.
When applicable we provide a private prescription for any medication needed for the first six weeks (the cost of the medication is charged by the dispensing pharmacy).
This comprehensive document draws together all the different sources of information to explain the diagnostic decision reached. This will be sent on to the patient’s GP and can be used to set out the care needs of the patient too.
Summerfield Healthcare therefore provides every element of the dementia assessment process, which we organise and co-ordinate promptly and at a fixed cost. In this way you can secure a diagnostic decision which follows NICE guidelines, undertaken by specialists and which will be recognised by the NHS.
If the dementia assessment won’t be applicable, we also offer a Capacity Assessment that determines whether an individual has the capacity to make a particular decision at a particular time. Click on the below for further information.
Medication can improve or delay symptoms of dementia and, subject to a diagnosis, is usually prescribed within a month of your initial booking.
There is currently no cure for dementia, but there are medicines and other treatments that can help with dementia symptoms.
Evidence shows that medication can have an important role in the treatment of certain types of dementia (Alzheimer’s Dementia, Mixed Alzheimer’s and Vascular dementia with predominant Alzheimer’s component, Dementia in Lewy body Disease-DLB and Parkinson’s dementia) seeking to address problems with cognition, activities of daily living and psychotic symptoms in DLB and Parkinson’s dementia.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the best source of evidence on effectiveness. Their appraisal is currently being revisited but they have concluded that, for people with mild-to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease there is a range of medications that have had positive impacts on cognition.
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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance states that a person can only start using these medications with a prescription from a specialist in dementia care.
Following the comprehensive assessment by our Consultant Psychiatrists and their team, including blood tests, formal assessments of memory skills and scans to rule out any reversible causes for the memory problems they can decide if medication is appropriate.
Our Consultant Psychiatrist is able to prescribe mediation if appropriate and we can arrange to have it delivered to your chosen address without the need for you to attend a pharmacist. Summerfield Memory Assessment Centre works with a leading Pharmacy company to ensure that your medication is dispensed and delivered safely.
As we are a private service, prescription charges would apply which you will be informed of prior to any medication being issued. This charge will be payable direct to the pharmacy.
Our team are specially trained to deal with your enquiry in a professional, private and prompt manner.
Contact us via telephone, email or complete the contact form with your requirements. We are able to arrange for a healthcare professional to attend any postcode in the UK. At the visit the blood samples will be obtained, urine sample tested and ECG undertaken. We may also be able to undertake the Addenbrookes assessment as well. This leave only the scan to attend. The appointment with our expert psychiatrist will be virtual.
This is not available to book online however we can readily provide a quote for a home visit for you to consider. We are happy to travel.
Consultant Psychiatrist | Cardiff
Dr Arpita Chakraborty is a Consultant Psychiatrist that has particular interest and expertise in the and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders including Alzheimer’s dementia, vascular dementia, Frontotemporal dementia, Lewy Body dementia and Parkinson’s disease dementia.
Our private medical centres are conveniently located and meet the needs of families in a wide surrounding area.
33 Newton Road,
Birmingham, B43 6AA
Hotspur Park, Battlefield,
Shrewsbury, SY1 3AB
Hadley Park E,
Telford, TF1 6QJ.
Chester Business Park
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