Redbridge: Parkinson’s community-based specialist nurse service
Local people in Redbridge will now have access to a Parkinson’s community-based specialist nurse service.
The new service will support eligible patients following diagnosis and throughout all stages of the complex neurological condition, including medication reviews and nurse-led clinics.
Local GPs, consultant neurologists and community nursing teams will be able to refer eligible patients directly to the service provided by North East London Foundation Trust.
The specialist nurse service will also help support busy GPs and consultants by providing vital education to patients on how best to manage their symptoms and advice to help manage complex medications and feel more in control of their condition.
The CCG is aware that there has previously been a gap in provision for Parkinson’s nursing services in Redbridge, therefore, this service will reduce inequalities in access to health services by aligning services with Barking and Dagenham and Havering. This new service will see the local NHS working closely together to use the most effective resources to improve health outcomes for local people.
The specialist nurse will work out in the community, visiting patients wherever appropriate, including homes for patients who are housebound. This will help prevent admissions to hospital with assessments, individualised care plans and follow-ups in between consultant appointments, and provide early and appropriate referral to other teams.
Local residents are encouraged to speak to their GP in the first instance should they have any questions or concerns about their condition.
Tracy Welsh - BHR CCGs, Director of Transformation and Delivery (Planned Care)
Dr Atul Aggarwal - BHR CCGs, Clinical Responsible Officer for Planned Care