In a recent article in The Lancet Psychiatry, Professor Rob Howard, C&I Consultant Psychiatrist and Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at University College London, offers a thought-provoking view on the potential misdiagnosis of dementia.
Professor Howard raises concerns about the current lack of a mechanism for challenging dementia diagnosis in certain cases, particularly in relation to those viewed as “experts by experience” – or dementia ambassadors.
He states that mistakes in diagnosing dementia can be made and that “functional cognitive disorders are a heterogeneous group that can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from early dementia.”
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 0800 917 3333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.