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Treatment and Support

Mental Health Services for Older People – North Tyneside

We provide specialist treatment for people living with dementia in North Tyneside usually in their own homes and also in our hospitals, our memory clinic and in care homes.

In Northumberland, specialist treatment and support is available from Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust visit the link for more info.

Community Mental Health Teams

There are two Community Mental Health teams for people living in their own homes, one covering Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, the other North Shields and Wallsend.  There is also a dedicated team, the Nursing Home Team, for people living in care homes.

Referral is usually from your GP.  The team will contact you to arrange to see you, usually in your own home.  The person who comes to see you might be a community psychiatric nurse, a social worker, an occupational therapist or a psychiatrist.  They will agree a plan with you including any necessary treatment.

Memory Clinic

Our memory clinic is part of our outpatient service at Priory Day Hospital.  We will provide you with assessments and treatment of memory problems associated with dementia.  We also offer support for families of people living with dementia.  Please note you need to be referred by your GP to access the service.

Liaison Service

If you are a patient in a medical or surgical ward at North Tyneside General Hospital for a physical health problem, but also have mental health needs, you can be assessed by our liaison team.  You may be seen by a nurse, or a psychiatrist who will look at your current mental health needs.

Mental health inpatient wards

For some patients, staying in hospital on a mental health ward for treatment will be the best option and our purpose-built unit at North Tyneside General Hospital provides a bright and welcoming area.  This specially designed facility has three separate wards, two of which are to care for patients living with dementia.

The Early Onset Dementia Service

If you are under 65 years old and have concerns about your memory or have a diagnosis of dementia, you may be seen by our early onset dementia team  This consists of a community psychiatric nurse and a support worker with input from a consultant psychiatrist and a psychologist.  Once you have been referred by our GP, the team will work with you to develop a plan of care and treatment.


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