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Neurology

Bedford Hospital

Neurology is the branch of medicine concerned with diseases of the brain, nerves and muscles. The common, serious conditions treated by the neurology department are stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease but neurology is characterised by a particularly wide range of less common conditions.

If you have an appointment at one of the neurology clinics, you will be seen by a consultant who will take your history and may examine your nervous system, which will involve looking at your eyes and other things around the head, your arms and your legs.

Many patients who are seen in the neurology clinic have symptoms which are not due to any serious cause and can be reassured with a single attendance. For others, further investigation may be required, these may include: blood tests, which usually take place on the same day and various scans, which will usually take place in the following weeks. Sometimes specialised electrical tests are needed, which are undertaken in Cambridge at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Follow-up can then be arranged as required.

Clinics

The department runs the following clinics:

  • The General Neurology clinic is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • The Multidisciplinary Motor Neurone Disease clinic is on alternate months
  • The Botulinum toxin clinic for the treatment of dystonia and spasticity takes place monthly

All clinics will take place in the outpatients department, near A&E at Bedford Hospital South Wing.

To make, change or cancel your appointment, please telephone the number on your appointment letter, alternately, please phone the hospital switchboard on
01234 355 122
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Staff

Dr Mark Manford Consultant Neurologist
Dr Josef Alawneh Consultant Neurologist
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

The Neurology Department at the L&D provides a comprehensive General Neurological Service to the local population and surrounding areas. The Clinical staff comprise part-time consultants who also work at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, and three Specialist Nurse Practitioners; in Multiple Sclerosis.

The Department participates in research projects in Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. In addition to the General Neurology Clinics we have the following specialist clinics.

Specialist Clinics

  • Botulinum Treatment (Dr Gale, Consultant; Ruth Shaw; Specialist Nurse, Rhyan Smith, Lesley Bates, Paul Watts)
  • Multiple Sclerosis, (Dr Gale; Consultant, Mr Huseyin; MS Advanced Nurse Practitioner and MS Specialist Nurse)
  • Parkinson’s Disease (Dr Schrag; Consultant ; Ruth Shaw; PD Specialist Nurse)
  • Pregnancy and Epilepsy (Dr Parsons, Consultant)

Neurology Department Staff:

Clinical Operational Lead
Mr Huseyin Huseyin

Specialist Nurses
Mr Huseyin Huseyin – MS Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Lesley Bates – MS Specialist Support Nurse
Rhyan Smith – MS Specialist Nurse

Reasearch Sister
Susanne Tluk

Research Nurses
Yvynne Croucher

Medical Secretaries
Joanne Allen
Marie Clydesdale
Laura Sinton-Johnson
Maria McKechnie

Staff

Dr Anna Cohen Consultant Neurologist
Ms Yvynne Croucher Research Nurse
Ms Suzanne Tluk Research Nurse
Ms Rhyan Smith MS Specialist Nurse
Mrs Lesley Bates MS Specialist Nurse
Mr Huseyin Huseyin MS Advanced Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Operational Lead
Dr Paul Watts Clinical Director for Neurology and Neurophysiology
Dr Linda Parsons Consultant Neurologist
Dr Carmen Tur Consultant Neurologist
Dr Amit Batla Consultant Neurologist
Dr Anette Schrag Consultant Neurologist
Dr Andrew Gale Consultant Neurologist