Cognitive disorders clinic at the NHNN 

21/11/2011 00:00 

The Specialist Cognitive Disorders clinic at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery is accepting referrals of patients who are Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users.

Diagnostic assessment of neurodegenerative conditions in this group has traditionally been problematic due to a lack of standardised neuropsychological assessment tools in BSL.

New cognitive screening tests are now available at the clinic. Deaf patients will be seen within the existing cognitive disorders service for full medical and neuropsychological assessment. Team members are fluent in BSL or use the services of a face-to-face BSL interpreter.

Referral information
We are only accepting referrals of deaf BSL users with acquired rather than developmental cognitive difficulties, and only where a decline in function has occurred in adulthood, particularly those with suspected dementia or neurodegeneration.

Important
The referral letter should state that the patient is a deaf BSL user to enable us to offer an appointment suitable for deaf patients.

Referrals should be sent to: Dr Cath Mummery, consultant neurologist, Specialist Cognitive Disorders Service, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, 8-11 Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG. They can also be emailed to cognitivedisordersclinic@uclh.nhs.uk or faxed to 020 3448 3104.

Contact: Katy Judd, consultant nurse, 020 3448 3467, katy.judd@uclh.nhs.uk, www.uclh.nhs.uk/cdc.