Memory Assessment Service (MAS)

The MAS team provides assessment, diagnosis and support for people experiencing memory problems. If someone has a diagnosis of dementia, we will confirm what type, and offer treatment where possible.

If you have concerns about your memory, you can contact your GP, who will carry out a blood test and refer you to the Memory Gateway – a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and Dorset HealthCare. The Gateway will arrange an appointment (within two weeks) with a Memory Advisor from the Alzheimer’s Society to gather further information. If appropriate, you will then be referred to one of our MAS nurses for a full assessment, and see a specialist doctor if required. Some people require a brain scan before seeing the doctor to help confirm the diagnosis.

If you are diagnosed with a dementia, we can offer you advice and support and signpost you to other local support services. For some types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, we can also offer medication to try to help slow down the process of memory loss.

Alternatively, you can refer yourself to the Memory Gateway. You can make contact via:

  • Email:
  • Tel: 0300 123 1916
  • Post: Alzheimer’s Society, 27 Great Cranford Street, Poundbury, DT1 3SQ

If you decide to self-refer, you will still need to have a blood test via your GP before seeing the MAS nurse.

Where to access the service:

  • Leaflets
  • Referral through GP or self-referral to the Memory Gateway.
  • Carers


Memory Assessment Service (Poole - Alderney Hospital)

01202 305140
Ringwood Road,
BH12 4NB

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WiFi: No

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Memory Assessment Service (Ringwood - St Leonards Hospital)

01202 584200
St Leonards Hospital,
Ringwood Road,
St Leonards,
BH24 2RR

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WiFi: Yes

Parking: Yes

Disabled Access: Yes

Open Hours: Tuesday (9am-5pm) and Wednesday (9am-1pm) each week, by appointment

Mental Health and learning disabilities