A private memory assessment clinic for patients wanting to fast-track a dementia diagnosis has opened at St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton.

The new Memory Assessment Clinic (MAC) opened on 1 February and provides access to a fast diagnostic and assessment process for patients experiencing memory problems.

The clinic, which aims to provide a comprehensive memory assessment within six weeks, offers diagnosis; intervention from a consultant psychiatrist; risk assessment and management plan, as well as information and support following diagnosis.

As part of the assessment process, patients will undergo blood tests and an electrocardiogram (ECG)  at their GP surgery, before being referred for an MRI scan (taken at BMI Three Shires Hospital, within St Andrew’s grounds).

Dr Geraldine D’Souza, consultant psychiatrist at St Andrew’s Healthcare said: ‘At St Andrew’s Healthcare we are very happy to be launching our new private memory clinic … and provide a service that is personalised, supportive, and sensitive to each of our patient’s needs.

‘By providing an assessment and MRI at the same appointment and a rapid turn-around time for a diagnosis, patients can have quick access to evidence based drug and non-drug treatments and the right support services.’

The clinic can also assist patients who have developed memory problems as a result of brain injuries.