We will communicate your appointment time to your referring physician's office. If you do not receive confirmation within a few weeks, please ask the office to follow up on the status of your referral.
The first person you meet at the Memory Clinic is the receptionist. To sign in with the receptionist you will need your health card (OHIP card). If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, or other provincial health card).
You will be given a form to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have.
The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you chose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments.
The appointment usually lasts about 1 to 3 hours. The patient can be seen by several members of the team. Memory tests and physical and neurological (brain function) examinations are performed. The family member or friend who comes in with the patient may also meet with the doctors and other team members if it's necessary.
Follow-up appointments usually take from 20 minutes to an hour.
We do our best to stay on time. Unfortunately, your appointment may be delayed by unforeseen circumstances. We recommend that you come prepared for delays.
At the end of your first appointment, the doctor or other health care professional will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don't get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don't be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so clinic staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients.
We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. If we are not able to reach you directly – and you do not have an answering machine for us to leave a message – you may need to call us again.