What is the role of the Clinical Nurse Consultant?
The Clinical Nurse Consultant role is ‘invaluable’ in supporting people and their families living with Parkinson’s and Neuro and Movement disorders by optimising their knowledge and understanding of treatments, services and supports available.
A detailed holistic assessment is carried out on the first visit and provides the basis for ongoing care, and it is reassuring to know this is a 2-hour appointment. It is so important to spend this time, not need to feel rushed so in partnership we can identify any problems, discuss question’s, and identify next steps and solutions. During this appointment, an individualised care plan that meets your goals is developed and each client is provided a copy of their care plan.
The care plan also provides the basis for ongoing care, and the nurse works closely with the other members of the multi-disciplinary team and in partnership with Neurologists, Geriatricians and GPs to ensure early access to health services that improve the person’s quality of life and help them reach their goals.
Where can I see the nurse?
The nurse sees clients across their entire journey and appointments are provided here at The Hospital Research Foundation Parkinson’s at Woodville, in their homes, the hospital, aged care and respite facilities.
Do I need a referral?
The good news is no, an open referral system is in place. This means you may self-refer to the service or, with your permission, a family member may make initial contact. Your general practitioner, treating medical specialist or health professional may also refer you to this service.
Please submit with the referral form a current Health Summary from your General Practitioner or health professional, this includes your medical history and list of your current medication.
Clients can self-refer by contacting THRFG Parkinson’s and completing a Client Detail / referral form:
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
All you will need to bring to your first appointment is any medication you are currently taking, including prescription medicines and medicines you buy without a prescription (like vitamins and herbal medicines).
How often will I see the nurse?
It is important to acknowledge that each individual’s journey will be unique. There is no predetermined frequency of visits, as each person using the service needs vary. A review of care is planned in conjunction with you, and it is reassuring to know that if circumstances change or if you or a family member is experiencing difficulties the nurse is available on the phone or in person.
Will my Doctor or other health professionals be aware that I have seen the nurse?
Yes. With your permission, your general practitioner, treating medical specialist and other health professionals involved in your care will receive a copy of your nursing assessment. This ensures all health care professionals involved in your care are kept informed and “in the loop.”
How do I access the service?
If you would like to know more information about the clinical nurse consultant service available at THRFG Parkinson’s please telephone (08) 8357 8909