Observing World Alzheimer’s Day on Wednesday, Civil Hospital announced setting up first memory clinic or mental health screening centre to detect disorders or illness including dementia and Alzheimer’s at an early stage.
The clinic, which is expected to be launched in around two weeks, will operate in the psychiatry department at the Civil Hospital. The initiative is a joint collaboration of the Civil Hospital and National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar.
The announcement was made at an awareness talk and panel discussion organised by Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon in association with Samvedna Senior Care on World Alzheimer’s Day where the doctors and experts spoke about the need to create greater awareness, establish social support systems for affected families and encourage people to adopt a ‘brain healthy’ lifestyle.
“The memory clinic will help to detect cases of mental illness at an early stage. People often show several symptoms of memory loss but these are ignored. The memory clinic will help to screen the brain’s functioning and identify cases of Alzheimer’s,” said Dr Brahmdeep Sindhu, senior psychiatrist at the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon.
The clinic, with a basic workforce of around three psychiatrists, will open every Friday. Though the total cost of the project was not revealed, the clinic is said to be the first of its kind in the city.
“It is important that people are made aware of the mental illnesses and dispel misconceptions about it. Most of the patients come to us when their situation becomes critical. The memory clinic will also help in spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s,” Sindhu added.
At present, the psychiatry department of the civil hospital receives around 70-100 patients daily, of which, at least one suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s. Though most of these patients are above the age of 65, cases of young people with sudden memory loss is also becoming common, said a doctor at the hospital.