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Dementia Specialists London

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of Dementia. We have an in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to manage effectively cognitive symptoms.

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of Dementia. We have an in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to manage effectively cognitive symptoms.

Understanding dementia and dealing with the symptoms can be difficult for individuals and their families. At Dementech Neurosciences, our team of private dementia consultants offer end-to-end services for all the different levels of care that a patient requires, from initial diagnosis and family support to bespoke treatment and the necessary ongoing care.

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What is Dementia?

Dementia is not one single disease – it is an umbrella term for a number of different conditions that all affect the brain in some way. Since there are over 200 dementia subtypes, understanding and managing the specific symptoms can be difficult, which is why we provide bespoke, end-to-end support here at Dementech. You can find more information about the most common types of dementia here:

Dementia is most common in people over the age of 65, but it can affect people of all ages. Common symptoms include confusion, problems with speech and understanding, memory lapses and severe memory loss. In most cases, these symptoms gradually worsen as the disease progresses.

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer one-on-one consultations with private dementia consultants. During these consultations, patients will have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of their individual treatment plans. Our professionals will ensure patients and caregivers are well informed and reassured at all times, from initial diagnosis right through to treatment.

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Have had nothing but kindness and professionalism from Dementech and all their staff. From their initial guidance by Shakeela, through to staff conducting the MRI tests and Dr. Lucio D'Anna for his expertise clarity of explanation, compassion and consideration. Special mention to Zobia, who saved the day with her quick thinking that helped my mother-in-law to obtain extended care. Overall a perfect experience. Cannot recommend them enough.N Mohamed
My family and I experienced one of the hardest times of our lives having to deal with my wife’s deteriorating condition. I would like to personally thank the lovely young lady Zobiaa from Dementech, for showering us with compassion, empathy and genuine care and concern. Her professionalism, high-level customer service and communication, eye for detail, and willingness to go the extra mile to accommodate our needs and make not only my wife, but our whole family, feel as comfortable and supported as possible, is something we will always be grateful for. Thank you so much for your friendly and polite presence Zobiaa and taking the time and effort to build a relationship with us. You really made our visits to the clinic a positive, 5 star experience.P Allen

Same Day Consultations

Dementech Neurosciences will provide patients with same day consultations whenever possible, giving you quick access to professional dementia support from the offset.

Quality Tests, Assessments & Scans

Diagnosis and treatments will sometimes involve tests and scans. In most cases, we can complete these within 2 days of the initial request.

Patient Advisor Consultations

We’ll provide your bespoke treatment recommendations for your condition, following your initial discussion with an experienced  Patient Advisor.

Prices Starting at £250

We’re always transparent about our pricing structure. You can book a half an hour consultation with a doctor for £250, or a full hour from £450.

Video Consultations Available

Video consultations  via Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp are also available at Dementech for those who can not attend in-clinic appointments.

What are The Symptoms of Dementia?

As previously mentioned, there are around 200 subtypes of dementia, each with varying symptoms. However, there are a number of typical symptoms of dementia that are common across most of these subtypes. These can include:

  • Memory loss (problems remembering recent events, names, routes, and appointments, forgetting messages, asking questions repeatedly)
  • Increasing difficulty with activities that require organisation and planning
  • Becoming confused in unfamiliar environments or travelling out of the neighbourhood
  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Communication and language problems
  • Reduced ability to focus and pay attention
  • Difficulty with numbers and handling money in shops
  • Changes in personality and mood

In the majority of cases, dementia symptoms will gradually become more severe and noticeable as the disease progresses. Behavioural symptoms such as mood changes and general cognitive impairment will likely be the symptoms with the most significant effect on the individual’s day to day life, and in some cases these symptoms can be distressing for family members to witness. Seeking professional support as the earliest possible stage of the disease is vital for improved symptom management.

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How is Dementia Diagnosed?

Dementia is a syndrome affecting higher functions of the brain, and there are a number of different causes. Cognitive decline, specifically memory loss alone, is not sufficient to diagnose dementia. There needs to be an impact on daily functioning.

The specialist (ICD-10) classification of dementia is as follows:

  • Memory decline. This is most evident in learning new information
  • Decline in at least one other domain of cognition such as judging and thinking, planning and organising etc., to a degree that interferes with daily functioning
  • Some change in one or more aspects of social behaviour e.g. emotional lability, irritability, apathy or coarsening of social behaviour
  • There should be corroborative evidence that the decline has been present for at least 6 months

There’s no single test for dementia. A diagnosis is based on a combination of assessments and tests. Before an official diagnosis, a specialist will:

  • Ask how and when your symptoms started and whether they’re affecting daily life 
  • Check whether any existing conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, depression or stroke, are being properly managed 
  • Review any medication you’re taking, including prescribed medicines, those bought over the counter from pharmacies, and any alternative products, such as vitamin supplements

In cases where a diagnosis of dementia has been established, our expert multidisciplinary team will ensure to its utmost ability in treating the symptoms and prevent them from progressing further, hence improving the quality of life, emotional health and wellbeing of each individual.

Choosing a Private Neurologist

One of the main advantages of seeing a neurologist privately is that you will see a neurologist every time you attend our clinic. The waiting times for new referrals are shorter and you are guaranteed expert attention. Private support also means you can contact our clinic directly if you have any concerns about changes in your condition.

Please note that choosing a private neurologist will also mean you will have additional expenses for things like consultations and tests, such as blood tests and MRI’s. If you would like to ask any questions about our fee structure, you can give us a call and speak to our friendly clinicians.

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The Dementia Diagnosis Process at Dementech

Consultation

Before any treatment plans are established it is important for our patients to have an Initial consultation with a specialist physician. During this consultation, patients can describe their experiences with certain symptoms and deliver an accurate picture of their medical history to the specialist.

Assessment

Following this, patients will have an appointment with a neuropsychologist in the Neuropsychiatric Laboratory. This will result in a computerised, detailed assessment of cognitive deficits and other neuropsychiatric issues associated with dementia.

Testing

As with many other diseases affecting brain function, blood tests and imaging scans will be required to generate the most accurate picture of the severity of the symptoms. These tests are outsourced to the highest quality and most convenient centres across London.

Follow Up

When all the results are available, a second consultation will take place with a private dementia consultant. Alongside providing a clinical diagnosis, a follow-up strategy will be discussed and explained. We will answer any questions and do our best to ensure you feel well informed and reassured during this time.

Testing for Dementia at Dementech

Blood Tests

We will arrange for blood tests to help exclude other causes of symptoms that can be confused with dementia. In most cases, these blood tests will check:

  • Liver function
  • Kidney function
  • Thyroid function
  • Haemoglobin A1c (to check for diabetes)
  • Vitamin B12 and folate levels
  • Urine test

Mental Ability Tests

People with symptoms of dementia are given several different tests to check their mental abilities, such as memory or thinking. Most tests involve a series of pen-and-paper tests and questions, each of which carries a score. These tests assess a number of mental abilities, including:

  • Short and long-term memory
  • Concentration and attention span
  • Language and communication skills
  • Awareness of time and place (orientation)

Dementia Brain Scans

Brain scans are often used for diagnosing dementia once the simpler tests have ruled out other problems. Memory tests on their own brain scans can’t diagnose dementia, but are used as part of the wider assessment.

These brain scans may also be used to check for evidence of other possible problems that could explain a person’s symptoms, such as a stroke or a brain tumour.

An MRI scan is recommended to:

  • Help confirm a diagnosis of dementia and the type of disease causing the dementia 
  • Provide detailed information about the blood vessel damage that occurs in vascular dementia
  • Show shrinkage in specific areas of the brain – for example, the frontal and temporal lobes are mainly affected by shrinkage in frontotemporal dementia, while usually just the temporal lobes are affected in the early stages of Alzheimer’s
  • A CT scan can be used to check for signs of stroke or a brain tumour. But it can’t provide detailed information about the structure of the brain.

Other types of scan, such as a PET scan, may be recommended if the result of your MRI or CT scan is uncertain.

Even if a brain scan doesn’t show any obvious changes, this doesn’t mean someone doesn’t have dementia.

What is The Treatment for Dementia?

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat the variety of symptoms involved with each dementia subtype. We have an in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to effectively manage cognitive symptoms. Our professionals can also offer guidance and support to caregivers who may be experiencing significant stresses.

In terms of specific treatments, there are a variety of drugs and medications to support the management of key symptoms. Common drugs include cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine, which is used to help regulate brain functions. Other medicines and medications may also be prescribed depending on the individual’s medical history and experience of the symptoms. At Dementech, we also take a therapeutic approach when appropriate, recommending lifestyle adjustments, providing occupational therapy and encouraging caregivers to take an active role in modifying environments and establishing routine. Of course, the specific approach to each patient’s treatment plan will always vary, taking into account a number of different personal factors.

Risk assessments, prevention strategies and tools are used within our dementia treatment plans, as it is far more efficient to prevent a disease from developing and worsening, rather than trying to treat it once it has progressed. We also offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing novel pharmacological intervention, before they become available to the public, aiming to delay the progression of the disease.

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FAQs About Dementia

What does an initial dementia consultation entail?

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

Can you arrange tests?

All tests can be arranged prior to your consultation with us and ever after the consultation.

How quickly can I be seen?

We endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible.

Will I get a copy of my test results?

Yes, you will get a copy of your results as well as a CD of the MRI scan on request

Do you have MRI scan alternatives for those who are claustrophobic?

Yes we do. We offer an Upright MRI and an Open MRI.

How quickly can I get MRI scans, blood tests and other testing done?

You can get the tests within 2 days of requesting them, and test results will be received within 2 days.

Will I be taken off the NHS waiting list if I'm seen privately?

No. Seeing a doctor at Dementech will not affect your care through the NHS.

Do you offer video calls?

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

Do you provide finance?

At this current time we do not offer finance. Payments will need to be made prior to tests and consultations.

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