The aged care department is a comprehensive service available for people living in the community. The multidisciplinary team at the memory clinic provide comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment of memory disorders. The assessment may include a CT scan, an MRI and an FDG PET scan of the brain. In some cases gene testing may be recommended along with genetic counselling.

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Eligibility

The service is available to all adults with a memory problem requiring a diagnostic assessment, treatment and management.

Referral

A referral from your local doctor is required to access this service

Urgent cases

Urgent cases can be discussed with the Clinic Nurse at the time of referral.

Getting a diagnosis  

Dementia is a progressive irreversible syndrome that affects memory, intellect, personality and behaviour causing significant impairment in function. These symptoms are caused by disorders affecting the brain. There are many types of dementia with Alzheimer's disease being the most common.

Information and education

Early diagnosis is important. It can assist the person concerned and their Carer to:

  • Understand what is happening and why

  • Make timely decisions about planning for the future

Access support and services

GPs may complete a short screening test for memory, followed by a range of tests including blood tests and a brain scan. These investigations are made to ascertain whether or not dementia is a possible cause for memory problems.

Referral to specialists such as a geriatrician, Old Age psychiatrist, neurologist or a Memory Clinic can be made for further assessment and diagnosis.

The Northern Sydney area has Memory clinics located at several local hospitals:

The key elements of the Memory Clinic include:

  • All patients seen by a specialist

  • Access to neuropsychology service

  • Access to Old Age Psychiatry service

  • Detailed assessment by a Cognition Nurse for selected patients

  • Detailed letter sent to referring doctor following assessment

  • Social worker available if required

  • Links to other clinics and allied health services (eg. Bone & Balance, Osteoporosis, Spasticity, Continence, etc)

 

Quicklinks

NSLHD Carer Support Service www.nscarersupport.com.au call 9462 9488

My Aged Care www.myagedcare.gov.au call 1800 200 422

National Dementia Helpline call 1800 100 500

Memory Problems Brochure

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Community Health Centre
Level 3, 2C Herbert St,
St Leonards, NSW 2065

Finding Us: The Community Health Centre is located on Herbert St, approximately 300 metres from St Leonards train station. Our department is located on level 3. If coming from the Acute Services Building, take the green lifts to level 1 and exit the back entrance of the hospital.

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The unit is open from 8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday – Friday

Closed Public Holidays

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Call the Centre direct on:

02 9462 9333