Multiple Sclerosis Service
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive condition, which affects the nervous system. Diagnosis is complex because there is no single definitive test that can make a positive diagnosis and symptoms are similar to those experienced with other nervous system conditions. However, there is a standard set of criteria which neurologists follow to help them to make a diagnosis.
The regional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Service is run by doctors and nurses specialising in MS and in helping you to manage your condition. Most patients are referred to us through the general neurology service once a diagnosis of MS has been made.
At the moment, there is no known cure for MS, but there are a range of treatments available to help control your symptoms, and maintain your quality of life. Treatment will depend on your individual symptoms and stage of the condition. Your neurologist will discuss with you the options available to help meet your individual needs.
If your symptoms are mild, with no relapses, no treatment may be needed. Depending on the stage of the disease, specialist drugs may be used to alter the underlying course of the disease.
Clinical expertise with a personal touch
We see people with MS at all stages of the disease. Patients are reviewed regularly in the outpatient department and can be seen at short notice if their condition changes quickly. We aim to reduce the impact of MS by providing support and information on identifying and treating symptoms and make this available to all people with MS, and their family and carers.
We have three Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurses who provide support and advice to help you and your family to manage your symptoms and administer your own medication, so that you can carry on with normal daily life. Support can be given individually or via organized group courses and there are special clinics where you can discuss any concerns you may have. We do home visits if you are unable to get to hospital and there is a telephone helpline you can use.
Specialist advice and support when you need it
Our specialist nurses can arrange for you to be referred to specialist rehabilitation services for help with equipment or care, if you find it increasingly difficult to manage on your own. We work in close partnership with the continence service, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists and aim to provide a seamless and holistic service. We also have close links with community based voluntary groups to provide information and support specific to your local area.
We have a large clinical trials unit, which means that our patients can be offered the opportunity to try potential new therapies for their condition and are often the first to benefit from ground-breaking new treatments.
For more information about our service, please contact:
- Bernadette Chapman, Gillian Smith or Carmel Wilkinson - Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurses on tel: 0191 282 5403