Forms and papers to download
Fast track TIA referral form
Addenbrookes Cognitive Examination: This 100 point Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination provides one score of "cognitive function". It includes within it the "mini-mental" 30 point score and takes about 15 minutes to carry out. Please note that it does not replace full cognitive assessment by neuropsychology. Find out more Information on how to administer, score and interpret the test.
Drugs that impair cognitive function: Click for a list of commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects that may affect cognitive function. For further information see:
Impact of anticholinergics on the aging brain: a review and practical application (Aging Health 2008, 4 (3), 311-320)
Service/ Information links
Local dementia services
Assessment of suspected dementia can occur either through the Neurology and Health Psychology service or via the 2gether memory assessment service. There are no rules over which service to use for which patient though neurology would see itself as primarily offering a diagnostic service.
Patients can also be referred to the countywide memory assessment service run by the 2gether trust, by single point access: firstname.lastname@example.org. Their process is referral, then RMN assessment, then Consultant assessment. Referrals should be made by letter giving:
• Why the person is referring
• Relevant medical history
• Medication (if any)
• Results of screening bloods FBC,LFT,U&E, B12 ,Folate and TFT’s
• Physical examination neurological exam (if indicated)
• Whether the person is aware of the referral and who is the point of contact to set up an initial appointment
• Where the person would like to be seen
In addition cognitive examination information e.g. 6CIT, Addenbrooke's Score, Mini Mental State Examination is helpful.
Referrals for information and education only (not memory assessment) can also be made. For more details about this service please visit the 2Gether Trust website.
Patients can also be referred directly to appropriate consultant as below:
Gloucester - Cathey Dukes, Nick Ardagh-Walter
Cheltenham and Tewkesbury - Dr Katie Kelly, Dr Tarun Kuruvilla
Cirencester and North Cotswold - Dr Adam Molliver, Dr Emma Abbey
Stroud - Dr Jo Stratford, Dr Rebecca Slinn
Forest of Dean - Dr Seng Tan
For information about driving with neurological conditions please visit the DVLA website
Driving Assessment Centres: Where patients can go for an assessment of their driving safety
UK Genetic Testing Network
US On-Line Mendelian Genetic information
European Directory of DNA Diagnostic Laboratories
Read an authoritative view on diagnostic tests (from the Inspector of Microbiology and Infection control at the Department of Health) in Lyme disease.
Washington University Neuromuscular Disease Centre
UK National Library for Health (Neurology)
Syncope Advice and Clinic Information
Crash Trial Head Injury Prognosis Calculation and associated BMJ paper
Webpage for patients with Non Epileptic Attack Disorder: www.nonepilepticattacks.info
Webpage for Functional Symptoms: www.neurosymptoms.org
Patients can now carry out their their own on-line cognitive function testing via the Cambridge Brain Sciences site.
To enter a patient to the National MND DNA bank, contact the Birmingham genetics team via Rachel Hornabrook, Neurology research nurse or refer them to Prof Karen Morrison or Hardev Pall at Birmingham.
Oxford Study: A biomarker study in motor neuron disease.
Click for information sheets for patients and healthy controls.
Epilepsy in adults and children
Riluzole in MND
Newer drugs in Epilepsy
Stroke: Diagnosis and initial management
Useful books for patients
Treat Your Own Neck: Robin Mckenzie - ISBN: 0473002094
Treat Your Own Back: Robin Mckenzie - ISBN: 0959804927
Living with Parkinson's disease: Bridget McCall - ISBN 0859699579