Specialist Memory Service (SMS)

The service offers a comprehensive psychiatric and neuro-psychological assessment of an individual’s memory, ensuring that if dementia is an issue a diagnosis is given as soon as possible

People may need this service if they are:

  • Having difficulty remembering day-to-day things.
  • Starting to forget dates and appointments.
  • Getting in a muddle with finances, paying bills etc.
  • Finding that they are losing things around the house.
  • Finding it harder to remember names.
  • Having difficulty following conversations.
  • Their carer is having difficulty coping.

Any of these difficulties may result in anxiety, frustration, anger, high levels of stress and a feeling of isolation.  Following diagnosis the service offers support, education, information, group and individual sessions including cognitive stimulation therapy, memory strategies and support for carers. 

The service is able to support people who:

  • Are of any age.
  • Are a resident of Milton Keynes or registered with a GP in Milton Keynes.
  • Have symptoms consistent with suspected dementia rather than a physical or functional mental illness.
  • Have an existing diagnosis of dementia requiring further referral for assessment or treatment.
  • Are medically stable, i.e. do not require 24-hour monitoring by a medical team or an emergency mental health admission.

The service is unable to support people who:

  • Have an existing diagnosis of dementia currently under the care of a community team.
  • Are reporting memory problems following a traumatic brain injury (patients will be redirected to specialist neurological services).

Referrals to the Memory Assessment Service are made by your GP. 

Last Updated: 15 March 2020