Neurophysiological tests are used in diagnosing a wide range of neurological conditions. In some instances they are the only special tests needed, but they may be combined with others such as Imaging to solve particular problems. All of the Neurophysiological tests record very small electrical signals from the nerves and muscles.
The service is open to internal and external Consultant referrals for Nerve Conduction Studies and EMG – GP referrals are accepted via ICE or by letter if out of area.
All EEG referrals are via a hospital Consultant.
The department is open Monday to Friday 08.00-16.00 plus one Saturday per month.
Video/EEG (Electroencephalogram) – This records the electrical activity from different parts of the brain and converts the information into a tracing called an electroencephalogram (EEG). As well as routine video EEGs, we do sleep deprived EEG, Prolonged EEG recordings and ad hoc EEGs after discussion. These tests are carried out by Specialist / Highly Specialist Clinical Physiologists.
EP (Evoked Potentials) – Records the responses to different types of stimulus (light, sound and touch) to test the function of the central nervous system (VEP, SEP, SSEP). These tests are carried out by Specialist / Highly Specialist Clinical Physiologists.
NCS (Nerve Conduction Studies) and EMG (Electromyography) – This tests the function of nerves and muscles by recording the activity in affected areas, using small stimulating electrodes or recording needle electrodes. These tests are carried out by a Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology. Highly Specialist Clinical Physiologists also carry out Nerve Conduction Studies.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.