There are 34 GP practices in Dumfries and Galloway. These GP practices are the first point of call for anyone with new symptoms of any kind. Your GP may refer you to the Neurology Team at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
The core neurology team in the Infirmary consists of:
- A consultant neurologist
- A consultant for movement disorders (which includes Parkinson’s disease) who is also assisted by a part time associate specialist doctor
- A specialist nurse for people with multiple sclerosis
- A specialist nurse for people with Parkinson’s disease
This team has very close working links with a wide range of other services. Many of these services consist of people with a particular expertise in neurological conditions e.g. a specialist physiotherapist, a specialist occupational therapist, specialist speech and language therapists, a neuropsychologist etc. For the less frequent conditions, the team enlists specialists from other regions, e.g. the specialist nurse for people with motor neurone disease for the West of Scotland will visit anyone with this condition in Dumfries and Galloway.
The consultants may also refer people to other more specialist neurology consultants, usually in Edinburgh.
The following list shows the range of people involved with neurological conditions.
- The most important person is yourself, along with your family.
- Your GP and his staff
- Consultants based in Dumfries but also doing some clinics in Stranraer
- Investigations and tests (sometimes in Ayr, Glasgow or Edinburgh)
- Specialist consultants based in other areas – usually in Edinburgh
- Specialist nurses (for some conditions)
- The Physical Disability Team (for people living in and near to Dumfries) and other rehabilitation teams
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech and Language Therapists
- The clinical neuropsychologist
- Voluntary organisations and societies that provide information and education on specific conditions and managing common symptoms
- Social work and other council services
- Palliative care services