Helping primary care to support people with dementia

After diagnosis: What happens next and what to expect?

February 19 2014

You will receive your assessment and diagnosis of dementia from the North Somerset Memory Service, provided by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust or from your GP.

As part of the diagnosis appointment you will receive information about the support available in North Somerset.

Approximately six weeks after the dementia diagnosis a member of the Alzheimer’s Society team will contact you by telephone (unless you opt out of receiving this).

The team will then contact you on a three, six or nine monthly basis so that they can keep in touch and provide information and support. This service will give you the opportunity to discuss thoughts and feelings and provide a point of contact. This service will ensure that you have all the information you need and are that you are aware of all the services that are available.

Your GP will be informed of the dementia diagnosis. If you think your condition is changing or you need further help from a health professional to manage your condition you should contact your GP.

If you have problems with your medication outside working hours, please contact your out-of-hours GP or NHS Direct on 111.

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