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Older Peoples Mental Health Services (OPMHS)

The service line has recently undergone a name change; it was previously known as Cognitive Impairment & Dementia Services (CIDS) and is now known as The Older People’s Mental Health Services (OPMHS).

We still offer the same services with the addition of provision for older people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

OPMHS provides inpatient services, community care, treatment and support to older people with complex mental health needs such as thinking, knowing and remembering. These services are provided across the three London boroughs of Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing, comprising of: 

  • Three inpatient wards; Jubilee Ward, Meridian Ward and The Limes Ward
  • Four community teams are located in Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing (Sycamore Lodge and Elm Lodge)

What is cognitive impairment?

Cognitive impairment is a set of symptoms, rather than a specific condition. People may have subtle problems with day to day memory, planning, language and more demanding mental tasks.

These symptoms will normally be noticed by the individual and their family and friends. Any decline in mental ability will be more than the gradual effects of normal ageing.

What is dementia?

Dementia is similar to cognitive impairment, but the symptoms are stronger and are associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities.

People with dementia may also have problems with talking, reading and writing as well as difficulty controlling their emotions.

There are different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. A detailed assessment will help to determine the cause of dementia symptoms.


What are severe and enduring mental health difficulties?

Severe and enduring mental health difficulties refers to the long-term experience of conditions such as schizophrenia and psychosis. It also refers to people with psychological problems, that are often so debilitating that their ability to engage in functional and occupational activities is severally impaired.

What does the OPMHS team do?

Following assessment, the OPMHS team will discuss ways they can help you to cope better with the symptoms of dementia and improve your quality of life. This may include cognitive stimulation therapy, drug therapy, carers support group, psychology and sign-posting to the many voluntary sector agencies that can support people affected by cognitive impairment and dementia.

The OPMHS team also provide assessment and treatment for people over the age of 70 years, who are experiencing server and enduring mental health difficulties.

The team also provides support to families and those caring for people with cognitive impairment, dementia and sever and enduring mental health difficulties. 

Involvement and support groups

There is a quarterly patient and carer involvement group. To find out more, email

We also run carer support groups. Contact the team for details.

Patient Information

Referral information

Patients may be referred to this service by their GP (family doctor).

Clinical director: Dr Nevil Cheesman

Head of operations: Mr Peter Tarleton


Jubilee Ward
St Bernard's Hospital
Uxbridge Road

The Limes
10 Merrick Road

Our locations

Ealing West

4a Marley Close

Tel: 020 8483 2646 / 2647

Ealing East

1 Sycamore Lodge
Edgecote Close
W3 8PH

Tel: 020 8483 1666/1662

Hammersmith & Fulham

St Vincent’s
49 Queen Caroline Street
W6 9QH

Tel: 020 8483 2525


Lakeside Mental Health Unit
Twickenham Road

Tel: 020 8483 1800