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Neurophysiology

Clinical Neurophysiology is a department that carries out functional diagnostic testing on the central and peripheral nervous system.  

The tests we do here include:

Electroretinography (ERG) 

Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) and Electromyography (EMG) 

Sleep Deprived EEG 

Botulinum Toxin Treatment

There is a botulinum toxin treatment service that is run in the department by Dr Tun, Consultant Neurophysiologist. This is a service offered to patients for medical reasons and a referral is required from a GP or a Consultant.

Where to find us

Department of Neurophysiology

Calderdale Royal Hospital

Salterhebble

Halifax

HX3 0PW

Useful numbers

Neurophysiology reception: 01422 222976

Main switchboard: 01422 357171 or 0844 8110101

General information

Transport

If you require transport to and from the hospital this can be arranged either via your GP or through this department.  Telephone 01422 222976 and a member of the clerical team will be able to help you.

Interpreting Service

We are able to arrange a translator if English is not your first language.  This can be booked with the clerical team on 01422 222976, however we do require at least one weeks notice to arrange this service.

Medication

If you are taking any medication please bring a list of it with you to your appointment.

Car Parking

The department is situated close to the Dudwell Lane entrance to the hospital.  There are car parking spaces available in this area.  If you enter this area and are unable to find a car parking space you are able to leave the car park without paying as long as you have been less than 30 minutes.  There are other car parks available near the Childrens and Womens services, near Accident and Emergency and next to the Main Entrance.  The car parks do get busy, especially in the afternoons so it is advisable to allow at least 30 minutes to get parked and to find your way to the department.

There is on street pay and display parking on the roads surrounding the hospital.   

Staff

The department is staffed by two Consultant Neurophysiologists: Dr S. Z. Tun and Dr K. K. Lwin and a Specialist doctor in Neurophysiology: Dr M Thura.  Dr Tun, Dr Lwin and Dr Thura perform Nerve conduction studies and Electromyography and report on all the other tests carried out by the Clinical Physiologists. 

There are five fully qualified Clinical Physiologists and one Associate Practitioner, who are highly trained and experienced within the field of Neurophysiology.  All the Clinical Physiologists are registered with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).  The Clinical Physiologists perform all the EEG tests, EP’s, ERG’s and upper limb Nerve Conduction tests.  

We have a dedicated clerical team who arrange all the appointments and deal with all the phone calls. 

The department is a training department and therefore have students who observe or take a role in performing the tests under supervision.  If you do not wish a student to be present during your appointment please let us know when you attend for your appointment.

We do have male and female staff.  If you have a preference to be seen by a Clinical Physiologist of a particular gender please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate you.  However there may be occasions when this is not possible.

Information for Parents

We see patients of all ages.  We are accustomed to dealing with young children and we have toys and a dvd player with some childrens’ dvds for them to watch if required.  We also have a high chair,  sometimes we find it is easier to perform an EEG with a young child sat in a high chair.  This allows the child to play or draw on the high chair table whilst being prepared for the test.  We quite often do tests with children sat on a parent’s knee as the child may feel more comfortable like this.  You are welcome to bring any of your child’s favourite toys or books, however it is preferable to bring only the type of toy that can be played with whilst sat down rather than a toy that involves running around!  Parents are often anxious about bringing their child for tests in Neurophysiology, however we endeavour to make the experience as stress free as possible.  We are generally successful in performing tests on young children, however there are occasions when we are unable to obtain a recording.  Occasionally the doctor will ask for the child to return for a further appointment and the child may be given some medicine to help them sleep during the test.  You are welcome to telephone the department before your appointment to discuss any concerns you may have with either the clerical team or a Clinical Physiologist.

If you have any queries and wish to discuss your childs' test prior to the appointment please do not hesitate to telephone the deparment and speak to one of the Physiologists.  Telephone 01422 222976.

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