London Bridge Hospital Outpatients Neurology Department has a team of specialist neurologists on hand to help with the diagnosis and management of diseases that affect the nervous system. This can include diseases, which impact the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.
Neurological disorders can impede the body’s ability to function correctly and take many different forms, depending on the area they impact.
Neurological diseases include:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Myasthenia (Disorders of the neuromuscular junction)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord compression
- Spinal cord tumours
These conditions can cause a range of symptoms, from poor memory, headaches, blackouts, dizziness and speech problems to back pain, sciatica, limb weakness and numbness, tremors and bladder problems.
Diagnosis is a major component of treatment and something to which we take a comprehensive approach. Our neurology specialists use a detailed neurological history and examination, coupled with appropriate specialised investigations, including neurophysiological testing. This involves testing the electrical functions of the brain, spinal cord and the nerves located in limbs and muscles. At London Bridge Hospital Outpatients we utilise two different methods:
Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG & NCS)
These tests evaluate the function of the peripheral nervous system. They are particularly useful in diagnosing problems within neurophysiology such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – painful nerve compression in the hands
- Ulnar neuropathy – tingling in the hands and arm caused by the Ulnar nerve
- Nerve injuries – damage to the pathways that send signals around the body, which can cause pain or difficulty with movement
- Peripheral neuropathy – damage to nerves, which can impede movement or cause a lack of sensation
- Guillain Barre Syndrome – trembling in the face and limbs, which can increase in severity
The tests also provide confirmatory evidence of nerve root lesions (cervical and lumbar radiculopathy) and muscle disorders.
This test assesses brain function and is most helpful in the diagnosis of common neurophysiology disorders, like epilepsy and dementia. It also assists in the monitoring of coma patients and for checking brain function, following head injury and cerebral hypoxia.
These tests help with diagnosis and help to identify the site of the neurological disturbance and its potential cause. From here, the decision is made as to if the patient requires surgery, in which case they are referred to a neurosurgeon. If this is the case, the patient will receive a rapid referral to a neurosurgeon from London Bridge Hospital. The neurologist will advise on the medical management of the neurological disease.
Choosing our treatments at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients
We understand that the onset of a neurological condition can be a difficult and unsettling time. This why we strive to range an appointment with a consultant neurologist as soon as possible, potentially either on the same or next day in order to secure a faster diagnosis and start treatment sooner.
At London Bridge Hospital Outpatients we utilise cutting-edge innovations in diagnostic technology and treatment to assist in the management of neurological disorders. Care is crafted to your specific needs, and designed to make the management of a neurological condition as comfortable for the patient as possible.
Our intention is to achieve the best possible outcome to treatment, be that the successful treatment of the cause of a condition or taking the steps to effectively manage a neurological disorder, we aim to put patients in control of their condition.
If you would like more information about the neurology services available at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients, please call 020 3553 6729. To make an appointment with one of our neurology experts, please call 020 7234 2009 or request an appointment online.
This service can be found at the following facilities: