Referral and diagnosis issues

I’m convinced my father has dementia. I accompanied him to a GP appointment to discuss the symptoms he is experiencing like forgetfulness, memory loss, mood swings and problems with coordination. The GP says Dad doesn’t have dementia and the GP won’t refer him to be tested at a memory clinic. What can I do next?

Your Dad’s GP is like the gatekeeper – they are the only person who can provide a diagnosis or make a referral to a memory service so they can run more tests to provide a diagnosis. You can speak to your Dad’s GP surgery and make an appointment with another GP to see if they can help further. If this doesn’t work, then you can consider moving your Dad to another GP surgery so he has a new GP who can assess the symptoms he is experiencing.