Community Neurology Service

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Neurology.JPGWe provide support, management and monitoring for adults with long-term neurological/neuromuscular conditions (excluding strokes).

The Community Neurology team offers practical support and advice to patients and carers, helping people to manage the impact of their condition and live as independently as possible.

Our staff include specialist neurology and Multiple Sclerosis nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Following assessment, the team can develop an action plan tailored to the needs of the patient and their family/carers, and support them in achieving their goals.

The team is based at Kings Park Hospital in Bournemouth, but works out in the community across south and east Dorset, including Bournemouth and Poole.

If you or your loved one would like to access this service, please speak to your GP or other healthcare professional.

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How can we help

We provide support, assessment, intervention and monitoring to adults with a long-term neurological condition.

Our team includes:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurology
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in MS
  • Specialist Neurological Occupational Therapist
  • Specialist Neurological Physiotherapists
  • Neurological Support Workers
  • Administrator.

We work closely with the consultants in Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine. Some clients describe the service as a ‘safety net’ which gives them reassurance that ongoing specialist advice and support is available, to aid them in the self management of their condition. We deliver services and support in your own home or communit

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How am I eligible for the service?

  • Adults over the age of 18.
  • Have a long term neurological condition (not stroke or Parkinson’s disease).
  • Has a GP address within catchment area: South and East Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole Areas.
  • If you are unsure please contact CNS and we will discuss your referral.

What will happen at my appointments?

  • Your first visit can take up to two hours, reviews up to one hour.
  • You have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of living with a neurological condition.
  • Any actions and goals will be agreed with you and your carer.
  • Your next appointment will be discussed with you at this time.
  • Appointments can be arranged with other members of the team.
  • You may be referred to other services or agencies.  After each appointment you and your GP/ consultant will receive a summary letter.
  • ‘SOS’ system is available for clients who do not require ongoing support.
  • You will not be discharged unless you move out of area, or another service is more appropriate.
  • You may contact CNS at any point for advice and guidance
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How to refer

Referrals are accepted from GPs, consultants, other healthcare professionals and social services. We do not accept referrals directly from patients.

Please contact the service for a referral form.

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Are you a client/carer of the service? We value your comments. 

When you have a moment please take the time to complete our survey with any comments. 

Confidentiality and sharing information

The team respects and protects personal information. Confidentiality is safeguarded by the NHS Code of Practice on Confidentiality as well as professional code of practice. These all recognise the need to share relevant information with other agencies to offer the best quality care.

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Contact details

Community Neurology Service

Shelley Ward

Kings Park Hospital

Gloucester Road

Bournemouth

BH7 6JF

Office hours Monday– Friday 8am—5pm

Tel: 01202 705606

Email: dhc.cns@nhs.net

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