Neurology is a broad specialty covering lots of different conditions involving the brain, eyes, limbs, speech or swallowing. 18 Week Support’s neurology service offers diagnosis and treatment to patients with general neurological conditions in an outpatient setting. Patients who attend our clinics for an initial consultation are asked for details of their symptoms and undergo a thorough assessment of their neurological system. We then decide if they need any more tests or treatments. The 18 Week Support consultant will follow all local referral pathways to ensure that those patients with well-defined or complex neurological conditions are referred to the appropriate specialist service.
As a national provider, we bring together expertise across the range of neurological conditions. Most of our consultants hold substantive posts at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. The service is led by Dr Mike Devine who will work with the local clinicians to agree the clinical aspects of the service specifications such as exclusion criteria, referral pathways and local management plans.
Neurophysiology: We are currently developing our neurophysiology service. This will enable us to offer EEG/EMG services to support our neurology clinics. This will be available in late 2018.
"At clinics, patients were seen by a consultant, and then listed for a procedure if appropriate, scanned by a sonographer, and had their pre-assessment carried out by a specialist nurse, all on the same day. This meant that these patients would not have to return for any further appointments until the time of their treatment."