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Memory Assessment Service

 Memory Assessment Service

What is The Memory Assessment Service?

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) and East London Foundation NHS Trust (ELFT) provide ongoing medical reviews for people with dementia.

The Memory Assessment Services (MAS) assesses people with suspected dementia. They can tell you what type of dementia it is and what, if any, treatment or therapy options are available. MAS will start any dementia medications and change the dosages until the person is stable and responding well. Once this has happened, usually after about 6 months, the GP will be asked to provide future reviews. Each patient's GP will arrange for an annual review to include:

  •        Memory, concentration, attention. This may involve a 'memory test'.
  •        Mood
  •        Behaviour changes
  •        Daily living skills like managing personal care and day to day activities
  •        Physical health or medications

GPs will refer patients back to Community Mental Health Services if they need specialist assessment or treatment as the condition progresses, and in urgent cases, the person will be seen within 3 working days.