The Leeds Memory Service provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment and interventions for older people experiencing early dementia. The service is provided to residents of Leeds registered with a GP.
Our staff make every effort to help you identify your needs and work with you to plan any treatment or support you may require.
Who is the Memory Service for?
The Memory Service is for people of older age who are experiencing memory problems. Examples of this could be forgetting appointments, having difficulty following conversation, misplacing personal items or finding managing finances difficult.
Service users can expect:
an initial assessment appointment
treatment for memory problems and associated difficulties
home or clinic setting appointments
support and advice to yourself, your family or significant others, to help them understand your problems and how best to support you
post-diagnostic support through; one-to-one or group support, other health and social providers, or memory aids and practical strategies to help you manage and live well with dementia
Our service operates Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm with the exception of bank holidays. You can leave a message on our answering machine by calling 0113 8550547 and someone will get back to you.
What to expect
Before referral in to the Memory Service, your GP may complete a series of tests with you including blood tests, a memory test and a physical examination. They may also make a referral for you to have a head scan. They will also discuss your medical history and current prescribed medications and share this information with our service specialists.
Once referred your circumstances will be reviewed and discussed by the service specialists to check if an initial assessment appointment needs to be made. If you are offered an initial assessment, an appointment will be made with a nurse or doctor and you’ll be asked to complete a memory test and share detailed information about your health and how your memory issues are affecting you.
We aim to offer an initial assessment appointment within eight weeks of referral. If there is a delay in arranging an initial assessment appointment, pre-diagnosis support can be provided.
Following the assessment a diagnosis will be made. If you wish, this can be shared with you and your family or loved ones and information and support will be offered at this time.
In order for a referral to be accepted in to the service your patient must have experienced memory problems for a minimum of six months and you must be confident current presentation isn’t linked to a recent traumatic head injury.
Please include the following details within the Referral Description section of the SPA referral form:
dementia screening bloods
medical and psychiatric history
description of memory loss instances and impact on daily functioning
past and current alcohol consumption
past and current substance consumption
Please ensure all investigations are undertaken in primary care prior to referral. Please see the Leeds Dementia Care Pathway for investigation guidance.
If you would like to speak to a member of the team prior to referral, or ask for advice, please telephone 0113 855 0547.
The Younger People with Dementia Service provides assessment, diagnosis and appropriate treatment and care interventions for adults of working age (under 65) with dementia and their families.
It is a city-wide service provided within a variety of settings, including the person’s home environment which may be a care home, outpatient clinic and hospital consultation.
Who is the Younger People with Dementia Service for?
You may be suitable for the service if you are of working age and have been experiencing some of the following symptoms for a minimum six month period:
attention or concentration difficulties
behaviour, personality or mood changes
coordination or balance issues
The aims of our service are to:
investigate the cause of your memory problems
provide support and advice to yourself, your family or significant others, to help them understand your problems and how best to support you
provide any treatment for your memory problems and associated difficulties
refer you to services that will be able to meet your needs
discharge you from the service when you no longer need our support or when your needs can be better met by a more appropriate service
Our service operates Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm and is based at St Mary’s Hospital, Armley. You can leave a message on our answering machine by calling 0113 8550548 and someone will get back to you.
What to expect
Before the service offers you an initial assessment appointment, your GP will ask you a number of questions and complete some basic tests. This will include a brief memory test and a number of questions about your lifestyle and medical history which will support the team in assessing your referral.
Once a referral has been received with full details of your circumstances, the Younger People with Dementia Team will review this and inform you and your GP of the outcome.
If you are offered an initial assessment, we aim for the appointment to be within eight weeks from the date we received your referral.
Following your assessment, a diagnosis will be made and information and support will be offered at this time.
We can offer advice and support on building coping strategies, through one-to-one or group work, working jointly with the Memory Service and Community Mental Health Teams. We can also offer access to other community services who can provide information, advice, group work and support.
Treatment and care will also be provided, including but not limited to; medication, behaviour management and strategies, long-term care support and care coordination.
In order for a referral to be accepted, one of the following must have been present for a minimum of six months:
behavioural/personality mood changes
Please ensure you complete the referral form in full and include as much detail as possible. Referrals which are incomplete will be returned. Please submit your referral from a secure email address such as nhs.net.
Please ensure all investigations are undertaken in Primary Care prior to referral. Please see the Leeds Dementia Care Pathway for investigation guidance.
If you would like to speak to a member of the team prior to referral or ask for advice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0113 855 0548.
The team aim to get back to you within 24 hours of receiving your email.
The Memory Support Worker Team works in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society to provide a service to people who have memory problems or a diagnosis of dementia.
What to expect
Our aim is to ensure everyone living with dementia or experiencing memory problems in the Leeds area is able to access meaningful information, advice and support.
We enable our service users to attend memory cafes, carers groups, and ensure they can access support to manage finances and get help with decision-making if they need it.
The service provision extends to family and carers and, if appropriate, we will signpost on to other services.
The team work closely with all primary care services, voluntary services and our Trust’s specialist memory services.
The following film has been created to explain the Memory Support Worker role and the support we offer to people in Leeds.
Your GP surgery will know who your Memory Support Worker is, alternatively you can get in touch with the Memory Support Worker Team on 0113 855 5351, the Alzheimer’s Society on 0113 231 1727 or email: email@example.com