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.
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.
The Neurology Department at the L&D provides a comprehensive General Neurological Service to the local population and surrounding areas, seeing over 3000 new patients a year. The Clinical staff comprises of part-time Consultants who also work at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurse Practitioners, Medical Research Nurses and an Epilepsy Nurse Specialist.
The Department keenly participates in a number of research projects in Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
In addition to the General Neurology clinics they also provide the following specialist clinics:-
- Botulinum Treatment
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Movement Disorders
- Pregnancy and Epilepsy
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