Referrals of patients and their review at specialised PD clinic


By Dr Chandana Kanakaratne

Guidance: New NICE guidelines for Parkinson’s disease

Current Audit based on the following recommendations laid down.

1. Referral to expert for accurate diagnosis: Before treatment is initiated people with suspected Parkinson’s disease should be referred quickly to a specialist with expertise in the differential diagnosis of this condition.

i.e. In suspected mild Parkinson’s disease people should be seen within 6 weeks whereas referrals in later disease with more complex problems require an appointment within 2 weeks.

2. Expert review of diagnosis: The diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease should be kept under regular review (at 6-12 months intervals) and reconsidered if atypical features develop.

Referrals of patients and their review at specialised PD clinic

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