From September 2019 I have started a new specialist cognitive disorders clinic at Darent Valley hospital. This will complement the service offered by my colleagues at the Jasmine centre, and by Dr Jonathan Chan in Maidstone. It will be aimed at investigating and diagnosing people who develop memory and thinking problems at a young age (under the age of 65) and those with some of the more unusual forms of dementia. Dementia doesn’t need to cause problems with memory. Vision, language and personality can also be affected and sometimes these more unusual forms of dementia can be more difficult for doctors to diagnose.

By working with the specialist cognitive disorders team at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London I hope to be able to offer the people of West Kent and surrounding areas an excellent service, with access to the newest diagnostic tools.

I am extremely grateful for the support that Alzheimer’s  and Dementia charity have provided me in setting up this service. From next month an experienced support worker will sit with me in clinic and can provide expert advice about care and support for patients and their families. I’m looking forward to learning from them too. 

A little bit about me - I am a consultant neurologist (brain and nervous system ‘expert’) with an interest in cognitive disorders (disorders of memory and /or thinking). I am also a scientific researcher based part-time at University College London. My research is focused on improving the diagnosis of dementia and working out what goes wrong in the nervous system to cause dementia. I am from Glasgow and I trained at Glasgow University. My neurology training has taken me to London, Brussels, San Francisco…and Margate.

I plan to increase access to dementia research. There is currently no cure for dementia, which makes research critically important. People often get a great deal of satisfaction from having participated in a research study, even if it doesn’t benefit them personally. The selfless act of participating in research never ceases to inspire me.  I’m looking forward to marrying up world class researchers with willing potential research participants. Watch this space for more information….

I will try to update this blog regularly with information about the clinic and any breakthroughs in the world of dementia research. I am hoping to learn as much as possible about dementia related activities in West Kent. If there’s something going on that my patients might wish to know about, then please do get in touch.

Ross Paterson

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