Cognitive Disorders Clinic
How we can help you
We help people who are experiencing cognitive decline from ageing or age-related diseases. Cognitive decline is when you have difficulty with memory, paying attention, speaking or understanding. You may also have difficulty recognising people, places or things, and might find new places or situations overwhelming.
Our team will thoroughly assess what is happening for you. We will take time to listen to your concerns and frustrations and provide advice on managing your cognitive decline through lifestyle changes and medicines (if appropriate). We will involve your family or carers and provide you information on your condition and a suite of therapy options both in the community and Hospital. We can also discuss new treatments and clinical trials with you.
We care for people over the age of 60 years who live in South Eastern Sydney. We care for those with a suspected cognitive disorder (including mild cognitive impairment, dementia) or those with a known cognitive disorder with complications.
Our team include specialist aged care Doctors called Geriatricians and doctors in training as well as specialised nurses and administration staff.
Our Geriatricians are:
- Dr Thi Yen Hill
- Dr Stephanie Ward.
We work in partnership with your local doctor (GP), Prince of Wales Hospital and Community Health Services, local pharmacies and other Aged care service providers (including War Memorial Hospital, Day centres and residential aged care facilities).
Our clinic is held on Thursdays from 9.00 am - 1.00 pm at the Adult Outpatient Department, Level 2, Campus Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital.
Your local general practitioner (GP) or your specialist will decide if you need to use our services. If you need to make an appointment, please ask your GP to fax us your referral letter with any blood and imaging results. Please fax referrals to: 02 9382 4241.
We will review your referral and send you a letter in the mail with your appointment details. If you provide your mobile phone number, you will receive a SMS reminder in the week before your appointment.
You may need to wait from 3 - 6 months for your first appointment.
If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please telephone the Aged Care Department during business hours on 02 9382 4252.
Please ask your GP (local doctor) to organise the following tests before your appointment with us:
- Blood tests (FBC, EUC, LFT, CMP, B12/folate, TFT, fasting glucose) if none within the last 6 months.
- Brain imaging (CT or MRI) if none within the last 12 months.
Bring these test results to your first appointment along with:
- Your referral letter from your GP
- Your Medicare card
- A list of your medicines or bring all your medicines in a bag, including any herbal or over the counter medicines
- Hearing aids
- You are encouraged to bring a support person (a relative, friend or carer) with you
- Cambridge Behavioural Inventory (completed by a family member/carer/friend)
- A snack or drink if needed.
You can find more information on these trusted sources:
- Dementia Australia via the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 or www.dementia.org.au
- Dementia Support Australia on 1800 699 799 or www.dementia.com.au
- Community Dementia Nurse referrals via Northern Network Access and Referral Centre on Phone: 02 9369 0400 or My Aged Care on 1800 200 422
- Aged Care Assessment Team for community supports via My Aged Care on 1800 200 422
We are a teaching hospital and you may be asked to be involved in research or for a student to be present at your appointment. You have a right to say no. If you do so, this will not impact in any way on the services we will provide.
Please let us know if you need an interpreter. You can contact us telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.