Auckland DHB Older People's Health
Public Service, Older People's Health
DAY ASSESSMENT - Parkinsons Clinic
The Parkinsons Clinic is held in the Home Health and Older Peoples Health Building (Building 17) at Greenlane Clinical Centre.
The Day Assessment team is a multidisciplinary group of health professionals. This includes Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Dietetics, Gerontology Nursing, Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist and a Geriatrician.
Your GP or specialist will refer you to this service if they think you would benefit from seeing several team members on one day.
There may be a waiting time to be seen in clinic. Waiting times for clinics range from 2 weeks to 2 months, depending on the urgency of the condition described in the referral letter.
Please telephone the Contact Centre on the numbers listed above to confirm your appointment. A family member, care giver or friend may confirm the appointment for you. Hearing and/or speech impaired patients are welcome to confirm their appointment via fax.
Family members and care givers are welcome to attend the Parkinsons Clinic if you wish.
Please arrive in the Department on time. Every effort will be made to keep to the appointment time, but delays may be experienced.
Should an interpreter be required because you do not speak English as a first language, an interpreter will be arranged for you prior to your clinic appointment.
What to Expect
The assessment usually takes from 2 - 3 hours.
You will be asked general questions about your health and wellbeing. You may be measured, weighed and your blood pressure may also be taken.
Depending on your needs, you will be seen by some of the following health professionals: Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist, Gerontology Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist and Dietitian. If required, you may also be seen by a Geriatrician. A Parkinsons Society Field Officer may be involved.
A sandwich and beverage will be provided for you if you are here over lunchtime.
A letter will be sent to you and your GP summarising the assessment findings along with any plans agreed with you on the day.
What to Bring to your Appointment
* All medications you are currently taking including non prescription medication in their original bottles and containers or blister packs
* Any spectacles or hearing devices you are currently using
* Any x-rays or other medical information which may be relevant to this appointment
* Parkinsons folder if you have one
* Other medical information which may be relevant to this appointment
* Your usual walking aid and/or wheelchair if you use one
* Any orthotic devices you normally use, for example a walking splint or a hand splint