Dudley now has a Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist. The service provides:
- Someone to talk to about Parkinson’s and to try to answer questions you may have.
- Provide home visits to provide a better, more relaxing environment to discuss any problems.
- Explain and advise on drug treatments available.
- Liaise with your GP and hospital consultant to ensure you are getting the best treatment.
- Teach other health & social care workers about Parkinson’s.
- Provide support and advice if you are admitted to hospital for any reason.
- Refer onto other therapies if appropriate, for example, physiotherapy, social services.
- Help with information on day care and respite care.
- Provide support for relatives and carers.
- Help and advice regarding aspects of daily life.
- Help provide you with information on accessing benefits.
- Provide information on local support groups for both the person with Parkinson’s and their relatives and carers.
- Provide a specialist Parkinson’s clinic.
Referral to the Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist will be accepted from all health & social care professionals, people with Parkinson’s themselves and relatives, friends or carers. Consent must be given by the person who is being referred.
Referrals will be accepted via a letter or telephone call. Please include all relevant information when referring, details of this are available in the Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist Operational Policy.
- Monday to Friday – 08.30-16.30
Messages should be left on the office answering machine. For out-of-hours or emergency calls, contact your GP or district nurses.
The National Parkinson’s Disease helpline freephone number is 0808 8000303.