Dr Martin Ansell

BM BS, CCST


Profile

Dr Ansell completed his undergraduate medical training in Nottingham, graduating in 1992. After completing house jobs in Yorkshire he spent time working in A&E and geriatric medicine, before specialising in psychiatry.

He obtained his CCST in general adult and old age psychiatry in 2002 and took up his first substantive consultant post in old age psychiatrist in Salisbury in 2003.

After a couple of years working in old age psychiatry in Wellington New Zealand, he took up his current post in Gloucestershire in the summer of 2006.

As well as his clinical commitments he is currently clinical director of older persons mental health services at 2gether NHSFT. His special interests include memory assessment and dementia, liaison psychiatry, mental capacity and ECT.

The Cotswold & Avon Memory Clinic

Along with the ever ageing population in the UK, the rates of demintia are rapidly increasing. It is thought that 5% of everybody over the age of 65 will develop some form of dementia a rate that increases, in some studies, to 40% over the age of 85.

In recent years there has been numerous advances in the diagnosis and treatment of dementia. Diagnosis and appropriate treatment can significantly improve people's quality of life. It can also extend the time they are able to live independently in their own homes. Research suggests that the earlier dementia is detected and treated, the greater is the benefit in terms of response to treatment, compared to when it is diagnosed much later.

The Cotswold and Avon Memory Clinic is a new service being launched to address concerns of individuals who are worried about their memory. It will be run at the Nuffield Hospital, Cheltenham and at the Priory Hospital, Bristol. It is a partnership of four NHS consultant psychiatrists all working in Gloucestershire. Easch consultant is a specialist in the diagnosis and management of memory problems. It offers a prompt and responsive assessment process either at the Nuffield Hospital Cheltenham, the Priory Hospital Bristol or at the patient's own home if required.

The diagnostic process consists of an initial assessment which will include a comprehensive history and mental state examination coupled wherever possible by collateral history from a friend or relative. There will also be a standardised neuropsychological assessment at this time.

Following the initial assessment further investigations may be required including blood tests or neuro-imaging (brain scanning) to help the diagnostic process. If a diagnosis of dementia is reached it may be appropriate to consider medication. A number of treatments for dementia are currently restricted or even unavailable under the NHS. At the Cotswold & Avon Memory Clinic, decisions about treatment would be based on clinical need not financial issues, and would be commenced after frank and open discussion with the consultant involved.

Dementia is a complex condition and in some cases, the diagnosis may not be clear after the initial assessment. In these circumstances further investigations or tests may be helpful and could be arranged. Of course, in many cases the diagnosis will not be one of dementia and here, a vital role of the clinic will be to simply give reassurance.

In cases where dementia has been diagnosed we will also be able to signpost patients and their families/carers to the additional support and educational services currently widely available from the NHS and the voluntary sector.

So, if you are concerned about your own memory or that of someone close to you, please see your GP and request early referral to the Cotswold & Avon Memory Clinic.


Clinics

  • By arrangement

Locations

Current posts

  • Cotswold and Avon Memory Clinic
  • 2gether NHS Foundation Trust


Declaration

Dr Martin Ansell works with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • Bupa
  • Simplyhealth

Dr Martin Ansell does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Dr Martin Ansell does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Dr Martin Ansell does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.