"Outpatient assessment at the Bennion centre."

Approaching 65, my wife asked me to visit my GP to see if I had memory problems as in some cases early treatment can prevent further damage. An MRI scan revealed nothing unusual and my GP’s tests –what city are we in -etc. were too simplistic so he arranged an appointment at the Bennion centre -one of several I attended. My psychiatrist arranged a PET scan -designed to show blood flow through the brain –and supplemented this some weeks later with very comprehensive psychology tests of what I could do, the purpose being to provide a diagnosis and to assess future progress of any disease. Brain damage at birth has left me likely to get lost wherever I go –easily remedied with a satnav –so some aspects of spatial-visual testing were minimal –as I really can’t get any worse! A lot of thought went into the testing which attempted to differentiate between birth damage and disease –and carefully avoided humiliation! The combined results unfortunately did show a problem and I will be reassessed in a year to see how if at all it progresses, but I can now take an informed decision on pensions, moving house etc. and may be able to contribute to clinical trials. In the mean time, I have declared myself incapable of washing up or cooking! Thanks to the assessment staff.

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Response from The Bennion Centre (Elderly)

Thank you so much for taking the time to share you’re your views about the care you received at The Bennion Centre. Our staff always strive to make sure patients are treated with sensitivity and dignity, and given the best care possible, Your comments are being shared with staff at the centre and we all wish you the very best for the future.

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