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Cognitive Impairment & Dementia

Service summary

The cognitive impairment and dementia service (CIDS) provides assessment and treatment for people who experience problems with their mental abilities, such as thinking, knowing and remembering.

Following assessment, we offer short and long-term treatment and support for people who experience memory problems or cognitive impairment which require specialist help.

What is cognitive impairment?

Cognitive impairment is a set of symptoms, rather than a specific condition. People may have subtle problems with day to day memory, planning, language and more demanding mental tasks.

These symptoms will normally be noticed by the individual and their family and friends. Any decline in mental ability will be more than the gradual effects of normal ageing.

What is dementia?

Dementia is similar to cognitive impairment, but the symptoms are stronger and are associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities.

People with dementia may also have problems with talking, reading and writing as well as difficulty controlling their emotions.

There are different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. A detailed assessment will help to determine the cause of dementia symptoms.

Following assessment, the CID team will discuss ways they can help you to cope better with the symptoms of dementia and improve your quality of life. This may include cognitive stimulation therapy, drug therapy, carers support group, psychology and sign-posting to the many voluntary sector agencies that can support people affected by cognitive impairment and dementia.

The team also provides support to families and those caring for people with cognitive impairment and dementia.

Involvement and support groups

There is a quarterly patient and carer involvement group. To find out more, email

We also run carer support groups. Contact the team for details.

Patient leaflets

A guide to your memory assessment

Referral information

Patients are usually referred to this service by their GP (family doctor).

Additional information

Team managers: Anne-Marie Peake

Clinical director: Dr Nevil Cheesman

Referral information

Patients may be referred to this service by their GP (family doctor).

Patient leaflets

Our locations


4a Marley Close

Tel:020 8483 2646 / 2647

Hammersmith & Fulham

St Vincent’s
49 Queen Caroline Street
W6 9QH

Tel:020 8483 2525


Lakeside Mental Health Unit
Twickenham Road

Tel:020 8483 1800