At the Community Memory Assessment Service (CMAS) East Suffolk we provide assessment and diagnosis of memory problems, including dementia. Our service is provided locally and conveniently for you as a patient. Our team see you in a community based setting.
When you are referred to us, you are assessed and, if appropriate, sent for a head scan, usually at Nuffield Hospital. After this, you see one of our CMAS doctors to discuss your diagnosis and receive the appropriate advice, support and treatment, such as medication, if appropriate.
Early diagnosis of dementia can enable planning for the future, access to support, better mental wellbeing for you and your family, and gives everyone involved a better understanding of the condition.
Following a diagnosis, our nurse practitioners provide a followup appointment to see how you are getting on with any medication that has been prescribed, and to provide further information and advice.
If you or your family have been worrying about your memory for some time, please speak to your GP. They can refer you to us here at CMAS.
You can expect to be offered an appointment that is conveniently located to your home.
You can expect to be offered an assessment appointment of at least a hour's duration, during which one of our practitioners listens to your concerns. This should be a relaxed appointment in which we talk about all aspects of your life.
We'll communicate with your own GP to ensure they are aware of any diagnosis we make and any medication we prescribe.
We'll treat you with respect and dignity, and we will explain the confidentiality process.
We'll explain the CMAS journey to you so that you understand what happens and why.
CMAS Mariner House43 Handford RoadIpswichIP1 2GA
We provide contact numbers to all our patients when we see you.
We treat progressive memory changes of six or more months duration that could indicate a dementia.
We consider the needs of carers and refer them on for a fuller assessment if required. They are invited to attend your appointments, and we include them in any discussions, if you as the person referred consents to this, and you have the capacity to make this decision.
We give out information at appointments about support services available to both you, as the person with dementia, as well as your carers, friends, and family. At CMAS we have produced a booklet of useful local information which is available once we've given you a diagnosis.
Please call the NHS on 111.