I think the memory clinic can vary depending on which area you are in, but in our case it was merely a fancy word for a meeting with the consultant. He carried out an MMSE (mini mental state examination) and gve us a slightly different diagnosis to the one we had been given previously.
The other things which could happen, as I understand it, is that your mum may be referred for scans and other tests; you may be referred to Social Services for a care assessment; and be assigned a CPN (Community Psychiatric Nurse).
From our experience none of this may happen unless you ask for it. So if you and your Mum need help you may need to shout (loudly) for it. Don't feel you are being a nuisance, these services are there for a reason.
I hope it goes well, please let us know how you get on.
I think you will find the “memory clinic” varies in different parts of the country.
In mum’s case it was nothing more than the name given to the Consultant’s surgery, to which we were referred by the GP when he suspected AD.
We went every three months. On most occasions we were asked if there were any problems / changes, and then mum was given the mini mental test and her score recorded. It was at the memory clinic that the Consultant told me mum had AD after arranging for her to have a variety of tests at the local hospital.
If there was a need to change mum’s AD (mental) medication the Consultant would give mum a prescription for the first months pills. In mum’s case she then got the repeat prescriptions from her GP.
The CPN also worked from the same surgery, (or clinic).
I always found it hard to say how difficult it was to look after mum, and how bad she was getting. I suggest you make sure you tell it how it is so that you have a chance of getting help.
Hope this is helpful. Possible others will be able to provide variations on my experience.
In my area, the Memory Clinic is a specialist unit with a number of consultants and nurses who specifically deal with dementia, and it is also a centre of research. It is attached to the very large psychiatic hospital. It has it;s own buildings and even does things like running courses both for people with dementia and for their carers.
However, in our case, all examinations have taken place at home by various visiting nurses and consultants.