A neurology appointment involves detailed questioning about health and the neurological symptoms you have developed.
It is very important to have an up to date list of your current medication, and the details of any other specialists you see. If you can email this list to Dr Heaney via his secretary in advance, considerable time in the consultation will be saved.
It is likely that a neurological examination will be performed, which can involve assessment of the cranial nerves, trunk and limbs – including the feet – even in conditions such as headaches. Loose clothing is recommended, typically that will allow easy examination of the legs from the knees down and the arms.
After you have been assessed it is likely that a course of investigation or treatment is recommended.
In common with standard medical practice Dr Heaney will then formally communicate his findings to your GP or the referring physician, copying you into all correspondence. Please let Dr Heaney know if you do not want this to be the case.
Similarly, when results of investigations are obtained, Dr Heaney will formally notify your doctor about these – copying you into all correspondence, and in most cases arranging a follow-up appointment to discuss any issues arising.
You are also welcome to contact Dr Heaney’s relevant secretary to obtain additional copies of clinic letters and investigation for your own reference.
If additional clinical matters arise (for example, new symptoms or questions about treatment or investigations), in most cases it will be appropriate to arrange an additional clinic appointment.
Where matters can be discussed by telephone or letter this will be arranged. Despite the convenience and speed of email, this mode of communication is generally regarded as less effective for more detailed clinical matters (please see our terms and conditions).