Parkinson’s Clinical Nurse Consultant Suliana Manuofetoa and neurologist Dr Omar Ahmad who is the hospital’s head of neurology
NEUROLOGY PARKINSON’S DISEASE CLINIC a FIRST FOR HORNSBY For the first time in Hornsby, residents with Parkinson’s disease or suspected of having the illness can now access a public clinic for treatment in the area.
“This clinic and associated services will have a major impact in the way in which Parkinson’s disease is managed in the district,” Dr Ahmad said. “It is a one stop shop for the care of Parkinson’s disease at all stages of illness and will have a meaningful impact on patient outcomes. “We are excited to be introducing this new model of Parkinson’s care to Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital.” Patients are also seen to by the nurse, whose role is unique being one of only a few dedicated Parkinson’s disease clinical nurse consultants, partly funded by Parkinson’s NSW. The clinic can diagnose Parkinson’s disease in new patients, conduct physical examinations, check medications and update treatment plans. The clinic also provides access to highly advanced Parkinson’s therapies. It complements the existing Parkinson’s rehabilitation clinic which is available at the hospital.
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital now has a neurology Parkinson’s disease outpatient clinic, where neurologists and a dedicated Parkinson’s disease nurse see patients. Previously, patients who were awaiting a diagnosis or needed follow up treatment for Parkinson’s would need to wait to attend the clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital or attend a private clinic. Parkinson’s Clinical Nurse Consultant Suliana Manuofetoa said: “we have received very positive feedback from patients, some who have been waiting to attend other clinics or who have had to pay for private treatment. “Patients who live in the area can now come to Hornsby Hospital and be seen.” Local GPs can refer patients to the clinic, which is led by neurologist Dr Omar Ahmad who is the hospital’s head of neurology.
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