Weldmar’s Neurology Services
One common misconception about Weldmar is that we only treat people with cancer – but adults in Dorset with other life limiting conditions can be cared for by us, and that includes neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
The neurology service is led by Neurology Nurse Specialist Rose Elliott, pictured above right, and Neurology Nurse Charissa Bartram.
Our care for those with MND begins at the point of diagnosis and throughout the trajectory of the illness.
Our aim is to support those individuals, and the people that care for them, with advice including benefits, planning, and symptom management. We see people in their own homes, in care homes, and in hospitals, working very closely with other health professionals, with the aim that those with these conditions have the right support at the right time.
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Cortico Basal Syndrome (CBS) and Multi System Atrophy (MSA)
For those patients with these conditions, we provide a nurse led service that works with other health and social care providers to help provide a seamless service. As with all Weldmar services, these are provided for free.
Motor Neurone Disease
Weldmar has always supported people with MND and their families, and our clinical team has an in-depth knowledge of symptom management. We work closely with our colleagues in the NHS and liaise with the local MND Association.
Weldmar holds a regular MND clinic – in this video, the team explain more about the support available.
Jim was in his 80s when he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
He attended regular MND clinics at our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester..
His daughter Philippa says, “One day, there was something about his diagnosis that I was upset about, and Neurology Nurse Specialist Rose Elliott gave me so much time on the phone.
People were so endlessly reassuring and kind. They gave him a good deal of support, not only emotionally and medically, but they also gave support to all the family, and I can’t begin to tell you how grateful we all are.”
We are part of a pioneering home adaptation campaign for MND patients
Specialist Occupational Therapist Jane Smith has been involved in a pilot project called Act To Adapt, alongside the MND Association.
This looks at ways to improve the process by which local councils deliver home adaptations for people with Motor Neurone Disease. West Dorset is one of three pilot areas in the country to be involved.Read more about this here