MND Clinic Opens at Hospice
MND is a chronic progressive neurological illness that affects every aspect of a patient’s life and the lives of those around them. Patients benefit from the coordinated input and expertise from a wide range of different healthcare professionals delivered via regional MND care centres. The Eastern England MND care centre is based in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Patients referred for a second opinion, new patients about to receive a diagnosis of MND, and established patients requiring routine or urgent follow-up from across Eastern England are seen in the care centre out-patient clinic on a Thursday morning.
Patients can be seen by a number of professionals including the neurologist, an MND care centre coordinator, speech and language therapist, dietician, and physiotherapist. There is a second MND clinic based in Papworth hospital where respiratory function and a regional NIPPV (non-invasive positive pressure ventilation) services operate.
The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity has been working closely with the MND care centre since 2012 and has supported over 80 patients living with MND in Cambridgeshire during this time. With the fantastic new build, it felt like a natural progression to offer to host the Addenbrooke’s clinic in the Bradbury Wellness centre.
We are delighted to confirm that the clinic opened for the first time at the Hospice, today Thursday 1 June and with the easy parking, comfortable surroundings, adequate number of clinic rooms, supportive Hospice volunteers and comfortable waiting area, we are anticipating that the patient experience will be much improved.
It may also be a way of introducing Hospice services by lessening the anxiety that can sometimes be associated with attending a Hospice.
For all enquiries about the MND clinic please contact the administrator Trish Cutts on 01223 274261