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Copenhagen Memory Clinic at three sites

Since a merger in January 2017 the Copenhagen Memory Clinic has offered diagnostic evaluation and follow-up of patients with dementia at two sites, Blegdamsvej and Glostrup, in the Copenhagen area – both are part of Rigshospitalet. In September 2018 a new outpatient satellite clinic was established on the island of Bornholm.

For all three sites, general practitioners, hospital departments and private practice specialists from local catchment areas can refer new patients for diagnostic evaluation of cognitive, behavioural or other symptoms suggestive of dementia or cognitive disorders.

A dedicated multidisciplinary team of consultant neurologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians, neuropsychologists, specialist nurses, a social counsellor and medical secretaries manage diagnostic evaluation and treatment. The majority of patients undergo a standard set of examinations and procedures, beginning with a detailed medical history. Cognitive functions are then assessed with the Mini-Mental State Examination and the Danish version of Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination.

Physical and neurological/geriatric assessments, routine laboratory tests, ECG and structural CT or MRI of the brain are also performed. Other supplemental investigations are performed when clinically relevant, for example: fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18FDG-PET), routine and biomarker examination of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), EEG, psychiatric evaluation and neuropsychological assessment.

After completion of the initial examinations and procedures, the multidisciplinary team prepares a standardised consensus report containing a classification of the cognitive profile, the primary underlying cause, concomitant conditions and a treatment plan. Following the consensus meeting, the patient (and caregivers) is invited to meet with the specialist physician and specialist nurse, where information is given on diagnosis and on the treatment and care plan. A short summary is subsequently sent to the patient’s general practitioner.

Both memory clinics have follow-up programmes.

Blegdamsvej Memory Clinic in 2018
1,237 new patients
5,011 patient visits

Glostrup Memory Clinic in 2018
593 new patiens

Bornholm Memory Clinic in 2018
85 new patients

4,145 patients are in a follow-up programme.

Read more about Copenhagen Memory Clinic in the Annual Report 2018

Updated at 03 May 2019