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A new Geriatric Clinic focusing on cognitive and memory issues in older adults led by Doctor Muhammad Aslam Khan will start at Byron Central Hospital in July.

“The purpose of the clinic is to diagnose suspected dementia and other cognitive issues early, treat any reversible conditions, provide education and information to patients and families, helping them to make informed decisions that reflect their goals and priorities,” Dr Khan explained.

Dr Khan is a Geriatrician at The Tweed Hospital. He joined Northern NSW Local Health District in 2017 to provide medical care to meet the needs of the older population, which has been growing at a rapid pace.

“Dealing with older patients requires a holistic approach which is time-consuming, challenging, but rewarding. There is great diversity in older adults as two people of the same chronological age may have biologically quite different ages depending on their health state.”

Dr Khan is primarily based at The Tweed Hospital and provides various Geriatric services. He has clinics at The Tweed Hospital and Murwillumbah District Hospital.

The Geriatric Clinic at Byron Central Hospital will be a new edition, starting on 8th July this year. The clinic will run every second Thursday of each month.

“We want GPs to refer patients who are suffering from memory and other cognitive issues or are suspected of dementia,” Dr Khan said.

Those visiting the clinic for the first time will have a comprehensive geriatric assessment with a plan and recommendations.

To send referrals and book clinic appointments, fax (02) 6639 9410.