I think I have Parkinson’s – Who do I go and see?
If you or your GP thinks that you may have Parkinsons, your GP will refer you to the hospital by writing a letter to the neurologist. You will get a letter inviting you to call and book an appointment.
Hospital consultant-led clinics
Consultant-led clinics are held in all the acute hospitals in the county. The clinics see new referrals to the Movement Disorder and Parkinson’s service, as well as ongoing follow up of people with Parkinsonian conditions. The team also runs a specialist Apomorphine and Duodopa service for patients requiring non-oral therapies.
University Hospital – Coventry
16 clinics per month (Dr Lindahl, Dr Strens, Dr Teare, Dr Grubneac and Dr Hills)
Hospital of St Cross – Rugby
Four clinics per month (Dr Strens, Dr Lindahl)
Community nurse-led clinics
Parkinson’s Nurse Specialists also run nurse-led community Parkinson’s clinics in many areas around the region, including: Coventry, Rugby, Polesworth, Bedworth, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Southam, Shipston, Alcester, Leamington and Kenilworth.
The Community Parkinson’s nurse specialists also regularly attend the hospital clinics.
Hospital nurse-led clinics
Nurse-led hospital clinics are held both at University Hospital Coventry and at the Hospital of St Cross Rugby (three clinics per week) . These clinics are for:
- One-off appointments for people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s
- Monitoring clinics for people who are being considered for, or who are already on, non-oral Parkinson’s therapies (Apomorphine and Duodopa)
- People recently discharged from hospital where required
You will soon become familiar with who is looking after your care, and you may also be referred to other healthcare professionals, who can help out with day to day tasks physically, mentally, and practically.
They are there to help, so make sure that when you go to see them you take a list of questions about the things that have worried you or changed since you last went to see them. It is really useful for them to know what has been happening so that they can try to get your treatments to suit you and make your life as easy as possible.