Who is our service for?
The Memory Assessment Service for Sandwell has been developed to provide a high quality assessment and diagnostic service for any person living in Sandwell concerned about their memory.
How do we help?
The assessment process will help us identify the cause of your memory problem in order to provide you with guidance and support. Once we receive a referral, a memory nurse will contact you and make an appointment to see you at home. This first appointment will last approximately one hour. You will be asked to complete a memory test and answer some questions. Following this home visit you will be seen by the psychiatrist. This may be at clinic or at home. This appointment will be of 60 minutes duration. It is useful to attend with a family member or a close friend. You may be given the reason for your memory problems at this appointment or the doctor may arrange for you to have further investigations such as a brain scan. A further appointment is then made to discuss the results of the scan findings and to discuss treatment options. This may include support from occupational therapists and community psychiatric nurses working in the Community Teams for Older Adults.
If your dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease, drug treatments will be discussed with you. If your consultant feels it appropriate you will be offered a trial of one of the anti dementia medications. We work closely with other organisations such as Social Services or The Alzheimer’s Society, which can support people with dementia and their carers. We will access the people and services you need. You may be invited to a therapeutic group where we will discuss how you can live well with your memory loss and learn techniques to help you cope.
How do you access or refer into our service?
If you are worried about your memory you can visit your GP who can then refer you to the Memory Assessment Service.
What happens in an emergency?
During our working hours, we will respond as quickly as we can to a mental health emergency involving someone using our service. Outside of working hours people should call their GP which will have an out of hours service. If at all possible it is best to contact us before things become an emergency; we are then more able to respond.
What about carers and families?
Part of our role is to support carers. We offer carer support as part of the treatment plan for people with memory problems. Where someone’s mental health is stable and the carer is in need of continued support, we help the carer get in touch with the specialist carer support team for older adults.
How do you reach us?
Contact us using the following details or use the live web form below.
We work Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm.
Edward Street Hospital
Tel: 0121 612 8219
Sandwell Memory Assessment Service Contact Form
We welcome enquiries via this webpage, but please be aware that the main route of enquiry is via the memory assessment service administrator on 0121 612 8219. We try and respond to all web enquiries, but we can’t guarantee you will receive a response. If your inquiry is urgent please contact your GP or the administrator on the above number.