What will happen at the clinic?
In order to come to a diagnosis, the doctor will first need to take a careful history of your symptoms. Some details can seem quite trivial, but still provide important clues to the diagnosis. If you have suffered from loss of consciousness or near loss of consciousness, it is very helpful to have a description of the episode from someone who saw it.
We therefore ask that, if possible, you bring a relative, friend or carer with you who has seen an episode
If you live in a residential or nursing home, or are reading this leaflet on behalf of a resident, please not that this advice also applies to carers. It is much more helpful to us if the member of staff attending with the patient knows the patient and has witnessed an episode. The doctor will also ask you about your past medical history and whether any illnesses run in your family.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
It is very important to know if you are taking any medications.
Please bring your medications to the appointment, or an up to date list of medications and doses.
Can someone come with the patient?
How should I travel to the clinic?
Please do not drive yourself to the clinic. This is because some of the tests we perform may make you feel dizzy and you may not be fit to drive home. In some cases you may be advised by the doctor that you should not drive until our investigations have been completed.
After taking the history, the doctor will examine you. You will be given a hospital gown for this examination but you will probably find it easier to change if you come in loose fitting casual clothing. If you wish to have a relative, friend or nurse with you when you are examined, please let us know.