Memory clinic


Early assessment, and ultimately diagnosis, in patients with memory loss, or cognitive impairment (changes in their ability to think, perform intellectually, or perform in daily activities) is desirable, as management could commence before symptoms of dementia are fully established.

There are well over a hundred underlying conditions which can cause memory failure, a small number are completely reversible, and much can be done to improve sufferers’ lives in other ways.

Patients with the following conditions may be seen at this clinic:

  • Mild Cognitive Impairment/Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body Disease, Dementia in Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebro-vascular Dementia
  • Dementia from any other cause
  • Memory loss symptoms


The clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of memory loss and is led by DR John Todd who specializes in this field.

What to expect when attending the Memory Clinic

Patients will be seen by Dr John Todd, Consultant Psychiatrist for an initial evaluation.

The first appointment may last up to 1.5 hours or you may be asked to have your initial evaluation over 2 separate appointments.

We recommend that you attend the appointment with a friend, a family member or someone who knows you well.

You may be asked to complete questionnaires before the appointment or during the appointment. A comprehensive memory evaluation will take place during this initial appointment. The doctor may also undertake a limited physical examination.

Blood tests are commonly recommended. If you have had blood tests undertaken with your GP, please ensure you bring these along.

Imaging such as scans of your brain may be recommended and the doctor will discuss these with you.

Following the initial assessment, evaluation and diagnostic workup, the doctor will provide:

  • An explanation of the likely diagnosis
  • Recommendations for further investigation and treatment
  • Advice on ongoing medication management and help with psychological and behavioural conditions linked to the condition
  • Information, education, and support for spouse, family and carers

In a few cases where there is diagnostic uncertainty, Dr Todd will recommend a neuropsychological evaluation with our Consultant Neuropsychologist; this evaluation takes 2.5 hours.

Although you may self-refer for the Memory Clinic, we strongly recommend that your GP is informed of the outcome of your appointment. Dr Todd will prepare a report for you, which you should ideally forward to your GP. Normally, it would also help us to diagnose your complaint if we could ask your GP for a summary of your previous medical and treatment history. This also would of course only be undertaken with your consent.

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Experts – Profile DR John Todd


Meet our experts

Dr. John Ovenstone Todd

  • Qualifications: MB ChB |MRCPsych |MRCGP |DAvMed |AFOM |FRCPsych
  • Location(s): Aberdeen - ROC Private Clinic
  • Clinical Interest(s): Old Age Psychiatry, Dementia, Psychopharmacology, Occupational Psychiatry
  • BIO:

    Dr Todd joined ROC Clinic Aberdeen in 2017.
    He consults adults with mental health conditions and has a particular interest in later life, and especially memory disorders. He is the lead clinician for the Memory Clinic at ROC and continues to work for Grampian Health Board as specialist in older adults’ mental health in Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin.

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