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Neurology services

Images of staff, patients and a brain to represent the Neurology services at East Kent Hospitals



Outpatient clinics and an inpatient consulting service are provided at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury; William Harvey Hospital, Ashford; and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate.

East Kent has access to tertiary beds at the Regional Neuroscience Centre at King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, and maintains strong clinical and academic links over neurological sub-specialties, as well as over neuroradiology, neurosurgery, neuropathology, etc, 24 hour neurology and neurosurgery advice is available from King’s. Many east Kent consultants have sessions at King's and participate in the CPD programme.

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GP referrals 

The demand for appointments in Neurology Outpatients is very high. It is essential that waiting times are kept to a minimum to ensure patients with serious neurological illnesses receive timely assessment and management. Patients with some conditions may be better served by other specialities or be adequately managed in primary care. For these reasons please refer according to the guidelines below.

Please be reminded that only referrals made through E- Referral Service will be accepted. 

Guidelines for acceptance criteria can be downloaded here:

Neurology Referral Guidelines (external only)

Acute Neurology Ward

All referrals for Repatriation of patients from King’s to Neurology at East Kent Hospitals must be addressed to the generic East Kent Neurological Unit (Treble Ward) Please send to: ekhuft.acuteneurologyreferrals@nhs.net.

They must be accompanied by a completed referral form which is available here

Repatriation to East Kent Neurological Unit is dependent upon acceptance by the Neurology Team.

Where a patient is accepted the Bed Manager for East Kent Hospitals will be aware as they are on the generic email list.

The generic email list regarding Repatriation includes all Neurology staff concerned with East Kent Neurological Unit, the Bed Manager at Kent & Canterbury hospital and the Neuroscience Bed Managers at King’s College Hospital and the particular referring Doctor in any case will be added to the list in relation to that case.


First seizure referral

Referring from anywhere within the trust for patients who present with a first seizure or suspicion of a first seizure. This is a referral form for first seizure only. Referrals for other neurological indications will not be accepted through this pathway. Referral form

Seizure safety Advice:

There are some selected strategies to reduce risk of seizure-related injury:

  • Wear protective clothing, equipment while playing sports or biking
  • No unsupervised swimming
  • Use a shower, rather than a bathtub
  • Adjust the temperature on the hot water heater to lower the risk of scalding
  • Use a microwave/ oven versus a stovetop
  • Avoid locking the bathroom or bedroom door
  • Remove sharp or potentially dangerous objects away from bed
  • Use soft or padded furniture
  • Avoid high ladders/ heights esp if unattended
  • Take medications as prescribed

Further information can be accessed on:

www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/daily-life/safety/practical-guidance  

https://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/  

Our Units

East Kent Neuroscience Unit (EKNU)

The East Kent Neuroscience Unit (EKNU) is at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, with six dedicated neurology beds.

Neurophysiology unit

There is a sub-regional neurophysiology unit at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, offering sleep EEG, ERG, VEP, and SEP as well as routine EEG and EMG. 

Phone: 01227 864047

East Kent Neurorehabilitation Unit (EKNRU)

The East Kent Neurorehabilitation Unit (EKNRU) is at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital with 19 dedicated neurorehab beds. More information about the Unit and its service can be found in the Neurorehabilitation Unit patient leaflet

Please fill in the form below for referrals to EKNRU and send to ekhuft.eknrureferrals@nhs.net

EKNRU referral form

  • Address: Harvey Ward, Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, CT1 3NG
  • Phone: 01227 868713