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Dementia referrals

The Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (CID) Service provides assessment and treatment for people who live in the London Borough of Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing who experience problems with their mental abilities, such as thinking, knowing and remembering.

Ealing

Tel: 020 8483 2646/2647
Fax: 020 8483 2654

Team manager: Michael Jones

Hammersmith & Fulham

Tel: 020 8483 2525
Fax: 020 8483 2575

Team lead: Paul Byron

Hounslow

Tel: 020 8483 1800
Fax: 020 8483 1838

Team lead: Anne Daly

About this service

The service has sites in Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow and will be supported by a dementia hub consisting of dementia consultants, psychiatrists, nurse prescribers and research staff.

This change to a dementia specialist service will bring together the excellent practice that already exists across the teams under a single centrally located service. We believe that this alignment will further improve the service user and carer experience in accessing our service and will also lead to improved quality outcomes for our service users and their carers.

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.

Download the cognitive impairment and dementia referral form