The Bristol MND Care Centre has moved to the new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust. The opening of the Brunel building (pictured below) means there are now a wide range of local and regional centres of healthcare excellence based on one site.
The MND clinic continues to be held on Tuesday afternoons and is based at gate 36, level 1 (ground floor) of the Brunel building, next to the League of Friends’ cafe. There are volunteers at the main hospital entrance to direct people who are coming for the first time.
Association Visitors from the MND Association will also be attending the clinics from July to help direct people, provide information and arrange any ongoing support that people may need.
At your first appointment in the clinic you will be seen by Dr Andria Merrison (Consultant Neurologist & Director of the Bristol MND Care Centre). For further appointments you will be seen by Dr Merrison and/or a Specialist Registrar in Neurology. We work as a multi-disciplinary team to enable people to receive help from a range of professionals. We also run a joint clinic with the Respiratory team at the Bristol Royal Infirmary Sleep Unit to assist people with breathing difficulties.
Helen Madden (pictured on the right) is the MND care co-ordinator and the main point of contact within the care centre. Her role is to provide support and information as well as to ensure people with MND receive the care they need at the right time by referring to local health and social care teams and voluntary organisations.
New referrals to the clinic are welcome. You can be referred to the MND clinic via your local Consultant Neurologist or GP.
Over the next few months we will be finalising our information leaflet on the service and developing a webpage on the North Bristol NHS Trust website. We are also developing a questionnaire so we can receive feedback on our service from people living with MND, their families and carers, who attend the centre.
For further information please contact:
Helen Madden, MND Care Co-ordinator
Tel: (0117) 414 0803
Website for North Bristol NHS Trust: http://www.nbt.nhs.uk/