About the service
Please note: Our service is not linked to the Summer Lane car park COVID-19 testing site. The postcode for the Summer Lane COVID-19 testing site is S73 0DD. You need to book an appointment to get a PCR coronavirus test on GOV.UK before visiting a testing site.
Barnsley memory service provides a single point of access, for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of people with memory problems in line with the NHS national dementia strategy.
The service is based at Wombwell Clinic and operates from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (temporary hours due to coronavirus).
Staff in the memory service work closely with GPs, colleagues from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and other health professionals to carry out a detailed assessment to establish the underlying causes of memory problems.
In cases where an individual receives a diagnosis of dementia, treatment and interventions are offered to enable each individual and their carer to manage their condition as effectively as possible; maintaining their optimum level of functioning for as long as possible.
Choice and independence are fully supported throughout the process.
Why would someone choose the service?
- People can be confident that all staff in Barnsley memory services are appropriately qualified, highly skilled and experienced in dementia care and treatment
- Each member of the service takes pride in treating people with dignity and respect, offering a rounded approach to service delivery
- Staff in the team work hard to involve people with dementia and the carers and all decisions about care and treatment, offering full explanations and giving opportunity for people to voice their concerns
- 99% of people seen by our service stated that they would be likely or extremely likely to recommend our service to their family and friends needing a similar care or treatment
- 100% of the people seen by our service felt that their privacy and dignity was maintained
- Barnsley memory service has been re-accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists- Memory Services National Accreditation Programme for the delivery of assessment and diagnosis of dementia and the delivery of psychosocial interventions for people with dementia
- The service has also recently been shortlisted in the Dementia Care category of the Patient Safety and Care Awards which celebrate staff who have created or contributed to excellent healthcare initiatives that have made care safer and better quality for patients and service users
Staff you may meet
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- There are many people who work behind the scenes to keep services running and you may meet them in hospital or community settings. They include porters, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, decorators receptionists and secretaries who all work to make sure healthcare settings are kept clean, tidy and safe.
- Nurses who choose to specialise in the mental health branch of nursing work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others, to help care for patients. Increasingly, care is given in the community, with mental health nurses visiting patients and their families at home, in residential centres, in prisons or in specialist clinics or units.
- Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific, purposeful activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.
- The NHS employs a wide range of clinical staff, it wouldn’t be possible to list them all on this website! All our clinical staff are skilled, dedicated professionals who adhere to high standards of training and work-place practice.
- Adult psychotherapists work with people to assess and treat a range of emotional, social or mental health issues. They help people tackle problems such as behavioural issues, common challenges such as anxiety and depression or more complex or severe issues, such as psychosis or a personality disorder diagnosis.