Dementia

Dementia is a common condition. Symptoms of dementia happen when the brain is damaged. It can lead to a gradual loss in being able to reason and remember things.


  • Out Patient Clinics / Memory Assessment

    We provide Consultant-led Multi-disciplinary Outpatient Clinics for individuals who are experiencing memory problems. Referral is via your GP. Assessments will identify possible treatable causes for memory difficulties or where appropriate provide a diagnosis of Dementia. This may involve more than one visit to the clinic. Counselling and education is offered in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society.

    Clinics are provided in:

      • Downe Hospital
      • Ards Community Hospital
      • Lagan Valley Hospital
  • Dementia Navigators

    The Dementia Navigator will signpost to services and supports available for those living with Dementia, and their carers. The Dementia Navigator is based within each Community Mental Health Team in the following areas:

    • Downe
    • Lisburn
    • Ards & Bangor

    Navigators receive referrals from the person living with dementia, carers, GP’s and other professionals. A referral can be made via the Service contact line on Tel: 028 95 988 098.

  • Dementia Companions

    We recognise coming into hospital can be a stressful time for people living with Dementia.

    The Dementia Companion service is a small team of staff employed across acute hospital sites.  They work as part of the multi-disciplinary team under the guidance of the ward nursing staff, and are dedicated to supporting the needs of patients living with Dementia who are admitted to our hospitals.

    The overall purpose of the Dementia Companion role is to enhance the safety and experience for patients living with Dementia by creating ward environments that are both person-centred and Dementia-enabling. The Companions provide a vital role, spending time befriending patients, providing compassionate reassurance, and assisting with meaningful activities, whilst promoting choice and independence.

  • Dementia Inpatient Wards

    We strive to support people living with Dementia in their usual residence, however sometimes a hospital admission for assessment is essential. We have two Dementia Inpatient Wards in the Downe and Lagan Valley Hospitals.

    Contact Details:

    • Ward 11, Lagan Valley Hospital Tel: (028) 9263 6518
    • Dementia Assessment and Treatment Unit, Downe Hospital Tel: (028) 4483 8260

    The Dementia Inpatient Wards (and many of our acute hospital wards) support ‘Johns Campaign’. If, as a family member, you would like to continue with your caring role, please speak with the nurse in charge so these arrangements can be discussed and made.

    Children are permitted to visit the wards in a designated area.  Please speak with the nurse in charge to arrange this.

  • Carers Support

    Alzheimer’s Society deliver CrISP (Carers Information Support Programmes) across the Trust.

    CrISP has been designed specifically for carers, family members and friends of people with Dementia.  It is a 4 week programme, with each session lasting 2-2.5 hours, covering the following topics:

    • Understanding dementia
    • Providing support and care
    • Legal and money matters
    • Coping day-to-day

    CrISP provides support and up-to-date, relevant information in a group environment, where carers can share experiences and find out about local services. T he groups are delivered through face-to-face sessions or online.

    To find out more about CRISP or to book a place, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society on:

    Tel: 07522712764

    Email: crispseni@alzheimers.org.uk

  • Herbert Protocol

    The Herbert Protocol is an initiative that will help police and other agencies find a person with Dementia who goes missing across Northern Ireland.

    The Herbert Protocol was launched by the Policing and Community Safety Partnership in collaboration with Dementia NI and Health and Social Care Trusts.

    For further information please click the following link: Herbert Protocol | PSNI

  • Support Organisations

    Age NI

    3 Lower Crescent
    Belfast
    BT7 1NR
    Tel: 08088 087 575

    Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/northern-ireland

    Alzheimer’s Society
    30 Skegoneill Street
    Belfast
    BT15 3JP
    Tel: (028) 9066 4100
    Helpline: 0300 222 1122
    Email: nir@alzheimers.org.uk

    Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

    British Deaf Association
    Weaver’s Court, Unit 5c
    Linfield Rod
    Belfast
    BT12 5G
    Tel: (028) 9043 7480

    Website: https://bda.org.uk/belfast-office

    Carers Northern Ireland
    58 Howard Street
    Belfast
    BT1 6PJ
    Tel: (028) 9043 9843

    Website: www.carersuk.org/northernireland

    CAUSE
    Building 2
    Lesley Office Park
    393 Holywood Road
    Belfast
    BT4 2LS
    Helpline: 08456 030 291

    Website: www.cause.org.uk

    Dementia NI
    54 Elmwood Avenue
    Belfast
    BT9 6AZ
    Tel: (028) 9068 6768
    Email: info@dementiani.org

    Website: www.dementiani.org

    Mencap NI (Learning Disability)
    5 School Road
    Castlereagh
    Belfast
    BT8 7US
    Tel: 028 9069 1351

    Website:www.northernireland.mencap.org.uk

    Together in Dementia Everyday (Tide)
    Awaiting NI appointment

    Website: http://www.tide.uk.net/