Parkinson's disease and movement disorders

 

The Parkinson’s outreach service provides a multidisciplinary service for people with Parkinson’s who are admitted to hospital, to provide treatment, support and advice to both patients and their relatives.

More on what we do

Our aim is to maintain and improve health to prevent hospital admissions, but when our patients need admitting to hospital, we try and bring them together on Bolham ward where possible.

We pride ourselves in offering access to a highly skilled team of physiotherapists and occupational therapists, who are familiar with the motor symptoms caused by Parkinson’s and can suggest the best way to manage them. Our Team is also available to provide information and education about Parkinson’s medications.

We work very closely with a range of other professionals, such as Community Specialist Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists (SALT), Apomorphine Nurses, and we liaise with the Movement Disorders Service in Bristol for non-oral therapies.

For more information, including leaflets on the most common issues related to Parkinson’s, please see below. There are several websites linked to well-known associations in the world of movement disorders. Here you can find reliable information about your condition and what you can do to manage it. Remember that we are all different, and what applies to one person may not apply to the other.

Treatments

In addition to the outreach service, we also offer outpatients clinics, state of the art investigations (PKG), access to the clozapine service, and an in house training for staff via our stimulating Parkinson’s awareness course.

For patients with dystonia we offer treatment with Botulinium Toxin injections.

Our team

The service is supported by a dedicated team of Geriatricians and two part time Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS).

Geriatricians:

Dr Sheridan and Dr Jackson.

Clinical Nurse Specialists:

Samantha Moore and Barbara Fort.

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Bolham ward

Contact us

Contact Bolham ward on 01392 402 777 or 01392 402 776.

Parkinson’s Community Specialist Nurses:

Exeter: Claire Soper (Monday to Wednesday) & Ann Gilbert (Thursday to Friday) - 01392405477 (Whipton Hospital)

Mid Devon: Em Baker -  01884 235 552 (Tiverton Hospital)

South Hams: Sian Day 01803 860 852

Torbay: Andrea Ford (Monday to Wednesday) & Tina Ingham - 01803 320669

North Devon: Lynn Gill - 01271 322 361

Community services

There are 7 Community Specialist Nurses within Devon that support patients after discharge, and they work closely with our hospital team to ensure continuity of care.

Clinics

We also offer clinics in Heavitree and in Exmouth. 

Supporting you

Inpatients can rely on our chaplaincy service, whether they want religious support or just a listening ear. A psychiatric liaison service is also available, and a referral can be made where necessary.

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