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Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a progressive and fluctuating neurological condition affecting movement such as walking, swallowing, and writing. It is also recognised that there are non motor symptoms which also require complex management. The symptoms and nature of PD vary from person to person and the severity of symptoms fluctuates.
Referral Criteria are very wide, as the term Parkinsonism covers the following conditions:
- Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease
- Cerebral Vascular Parkinsonism
- Drug Induced Parkinsonism
- Parkinson's Plus syndromes
- Lewy Body Dementia
- and other more rare syndromes
Generally Parkinsonism is a long term condition and does not require urgent intervention.
Normal response time is within four weeks as this allows for the geographical work plan of the service in Herefordshire.
Advice and support
For advice and support on living with Parkinson's and local services to Herefordshire you can also contact the local Parkinson's Disease Society Information and Advice Officer on 0844 225 3645
Parkinson's Disease Society
215 Vauxhall Bridge Road
London SW1V 1EJ
Tel: 0207 7931 8080
Helpline: 0808 800 0303
If you need help when your surgery is closed
NHS 111 offers free expert health information and advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need medical help outside our normal surgery hours, please call the NHS Direct number 111. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
Patients in the Herefordshire area are being offered greater access to local GPs, Nurses and Health Care Assistants as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund.
Taurus Healthcare are managing three primary care hubs (in Hereford, Leominster and Ross on Wye) that offer services to patients across the county from 6pm to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 8pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. If you find it difficult to attend routine appointments in core hours at the surgery we can make you an appointment at one of the Taurus hubs.
Routine appointments can be made at the Taurus hubs by contacting your GP practice.
For more urgent appointments, call the NHS Direct number 111.
At the weekend, or on Bank Holidays, an appointment can be made by telephoning 0800 121 7221.