Dementia is often seen as a condition affecting our older population but in fact dementia can affect anyone at any age. Throughout the UK it is estimated that there are over 40,000 people below the age of 65 living with dementia.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have developed a specialist Young Onset Dementia Pathway to ensure people under the age of 65 years with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of dementia have access to timely assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support.
Our Young Onset Dementia Pathway is based within our directorate of Mental Health Services for Older People, so that our service users have access to a range of dementia services after their diagnosis. Our pathway covers the areas of Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County and Bassetlaw.
Our aim is to help people living with a diagnosis of young onset dementia to remain active and well in community and this begins with access to timely diagnosis.
Our Young Onset Dementia pathway provides a specialist assessment and diagnostic service with access to a range of clinicians and investigations, such as brain imaging, for people with suspected dementia.
If a diagnosis of dementia is confirmed, we will work with the person and their families to develop a care plan to help manage symptoms and maintain activity and wellbeing in the community. This care plan may include any of the following depending on the persons and families ongoing care needs.
Signposting or onward referral to social care or voluntary organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Tuvida (carers support organisation).
To use our service, you will need to be referred by your GP or a mental health professional.
Patients are usually seen in clinics or day service facilities, however home based assessment or treatment can be arranged if it is needed.
Find out more:
Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Outside of office hours please contact your GP service, NHS 111, or in an emergency attend your local accident and emergency (A&E) department.
There are support groups for people under 65 with dementia, as well as their carers and families, across the county. We can signpost you to support in your local area. The Alzheimer’s Society or Tuvida https://www.tuvida.org/ can also advise you on local support.
For more information, please contact us on 0115 956 0884.
To refer a patient to the service please refer via the persons GP. Referrals can be sent to the services central email address YODTeam@nottshc.nhs.uk or a referral letter can be sent by post to address below:
Young Onset Dementia
General Management Suite
76 Portland Street
Kirkby in Ashfield
Tel: 0115 956 0884