No matter where you live, RICE’s private memory clinic now offers our expertise as an institute that has been at the cutting edge of cognitive research for decades. Our memory service has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. The clinic, led by Consultant Geriatrician Dr Tomas Welsh, aims to identify why someone is having difficulties with their memory as early as possible.
Your journey with RICE:
- The initial consultation involves a detailed interview to examine any symptoms, concerns, and broader medical history.
- Blood tests and a brain scan will be undertaken at the client cost, RICE can signpost for these if required.
- A cognitive examination is carried out by one of our research psychologists followed by a clinical examination and review of any relevant tests or brain imaging.
- All information is then reviewed by our team who will agree on a diagnosis and plan.
- Some people may go on to receive further investigations, for example more specialist brain imaging, medication or psychological treatments.
RICE is able to offer private memory clinics on Mondays and some Fridays.
Doctor Tomas Welsh
Dr Tomas Welsh is an academic geriatrician with research interests in comorbidity in people with dementia, polypharmacy and clinical trials in older people. The dementia research conducted at RICE is led by Dr Welsh as Research & Medical Director. Dr Welsh also works clinically as a Consultant Geriatrician in the memory service at RICE but also as a Community Geriatrician in Wiltshire and on the Assessment & Comprehensive Evaluation – Older People’s Unit at the Royal United Hospital, Bath.
Dr Welsh is deputy Chair of the British Geriatrics Society: ‘Dementia and Related Disorders Specialist Interest Group’ and a member of the European Geriatric Medicine Society: ‘Task and Finish group for Falls Risk Increasing Drugs’. He is an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol and Deputy Lead for Complex Medicine in Older People. He collaborates with colleagues from a wide variety of specialities within the South West, nationally and internationally.
Mrs Whitworth, from Wiltshire, whose husband has been diagnosed with dementia, commented on the memory clinic:
It was a lifeline to find RICE. After my husband’s diagnosis and seeking support from various places, we finally found somewhere we felt we could rely upon for accurate information and someone to speak to who knows what’s going on. The Consultant at RICE was lovely, we felt very comfortable with him and all the staff were so welcoming. The Consultant spoke to myself, my husband and then to us both together. He made us both feel confident and very fortunate to be in front of him. We were able to ask any questions we had in a safe confidential space.”