Neurology

Caring for patients with conditions of the central and peripheral nervous system.

In the neurology department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital we diagnose and treat all types of conditions involving the central and peripheral nervous system. This includes conditions as wide-­ranging as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, strokes and sleep disorders.

Our neurophysiology department provides diagnosis for both adults and children. These investigative procedures may involve an EEG telemetry or peripheral nerve and muscle studies.

Patients who need to stay overnight will stay on the Tintagel ward, where our team of specialist nurses care for patients with acute neurological conditions, as well as patients with rehabilitation needs.

A comprehensive outpatient service for general neurology is available at a number of locations in Cornwall from Bodmin to Penzance. We also run specialist clinics for multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and botulinum toxin for movement disorders.

As part of our commitment to innovation and providing the best possible care, the neurology department also has an active research unit, with studies ongoing in multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and motor neurone disease. Find out more about research at Royal Cornwall Hospitals.

EEG Neurophysiology

The Neurophysiology department is the only department of its kind in Cornwall. We investigate the function of the nervous system in order to diagnose and monitor neurological disorders.

We perform a range of investigations, including:

EEG recording of the brain’s electrical activity

We monitor and record the brain’s activity continuously for up to three days. The patient can go home with the recorder attached, they don’t need to stay in hospital.

Video EEG

We monitor the patient on the ward with continuous EEG and video.

Peripheral Neurophysiology

We test the nerves’ conduction of electrical impulses from the hands, arms and legs.

Visual and Auditory investigations

We test the passing of electrical stimuli along the visual and auditory nerves in the brain.

You can find more information about EEGs on the NHS Choices website.

Lead Consultant

Dr Brendan McLean

Department of Rehabilitation at Marie Therese House

The Department of Rehabilitation is based at Marie Therese House Neuro-rehabilitation unit at St. Michael’s Hospital in Hayle.

Marie Therese House Neuro-rehabilitation unit is an accredited level 2B unit, and provides specialised rehabilitation services for patients with brain injury and and complex disability.

The unit has 12 inpatient beds and provides an outpatient service for people with neurological conditions such as spasticity management and neurological splinting.

The unit cares for adult patients over 18 with various conditions such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease, cerebral palsy, brain injury (both traumatic and non-traumatic), spinal injuries, spina bifida, Guillain-Barré syndrome, muscular dystrophy, post-polio patients and patients following neurosurgery.

The unit is unable to accept patients with extreme behavioural problems or patients restrained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act.

Our team has close links with theatres and surgery, palliative care, pain management, Disability Services Centre, critical care (regarding complex patients), the multiple sclerosis specialist nursing team and voluntary organisations. Our team consists of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and a liaison nurse.

We also conduct regular in-service training and provide training placements for medical and nursing students.

Contact the Department of Rehabilitation

01736 758875
01872 252084