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The Neurology therapy team at St George’s Hospital is based within the Atkinson Morley Regional Neurosciences Centre. The therapy team specialises in the assessment of patients with newly diagnosed or existing neurological conditions, such as Hypoxic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Guillian Barre Syndrome and Spinal Cord Injuries.
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy 02087254101
Speech and Language Therapy 02087254492
08:30 – 16:45 Monday to Friday
08:30 – 16:30 Saturday and Sunday (Enhanced Weekend Service)
The therapy team provide in-patient therapy services across the 20 regional Neurology beds on Kent ward. This team also provides a specialist consultation service in conjunction with the medical/surgical/respiratory therapists on adult non-neurology wards across the Trust.
The team consists of Principal Therapists, Specialist Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists, and Therapy Technicians.
The symptoms of neurological disorders can vary greatly between conditions and patients and your assessment will depend on the nature of these symptoms. It is common to experience physical symptoms (weakness, changes in sensation, difficulty with co-ordination, increased muscle activity), cognitive symptoms (reduced memory, poor concentration/attention, poor problem solving, reduced insight into difficulties experienced, difficulties multi-tasking), speech and swallow symptoms (difficulty swallowing food and/or drinks, word finding difficulties, difficulty understanding what people say, slurred speech, changes in social communication skills).
If you/your relative experience any of these symptoms the therapy team will work with you/your family to identify areas you would like to improve and establish a tailored rehabilitation service.
St George’s neurology service is regional, therefore you/your family may be transferred to your local hospital if you are unable to be discharged safely home, and require ongoing rehabilitation.
The multidisciplinary team will identify you/your family’s rehabilitation needs, and discuss with you if these are best met within a specialist centre or within the community.
For most neurological conditions, there are websites and societies available with further information and support networks. An example of this would be the Multiple Sclerosis website below.
For any further information or support, speak to your multidisciplinary team.