About us – What is Neurophysiology?
Clinical Neurophysiology is a discipline which lies within healthcare science.
We are a diagnostic department offering a wide range of routine, urgent and inpatient neurodiagnostics across Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for people of all ages.
We have strong links with neurology, paediatrics, orthopaedics and intensive care as well as providing services to primary care across the county. We have a keen interest in education and as such regularly host clinical science, medical and nursing students from the University of Worcester and other higher education establishments.
Neurophysiology is involved with diagnosing disorders of the nervous system; such as neuromuscular disease, nerve entrapments, epilepsy and ophthalmic disease. Our Investigations include:
- EEG (electroencephalography) - Recording the electrical activity of the brain from the scalp. This is used mainly in the diagnosis of epilepsy but can also be used for other conditions such as encephalitis.
- Evoked potentials - these are potentials produced by the brain in response to specific stimuli, for example a flashing light or sounds. Evoked Potentials are used in diagnosis of various neurological conditions and can also be a used as a prognostic indicator for cardiac arrest patients.
- EMG (electromyography) and NCS (nerve conduction studies) - these assess function of the nerves and muscles within the body. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is commonly diagnosed using NCS. EMG is used in conditions affecting nerve and muscle function.
What diagnostic tests do we offer
Ambulatory EEG with/without video
Multiple sleep latency testing
IP Video EEG long term monitoring
Nerve conduction studies
Visual evoked potentials
Somatosensory evoked potentials
Meet the team
The team includes:
- Kelly Bill, Clinical Service Manager (top row, second from right)
- Dr. Ramesh Gowda, Consultant Neurophysiologist (middle row, far right)
- Joanna Davis, Clinical Scientist (middle row, far left)
- Heather Haslewood, Clinical Scientist (bottom row, far left)
- Paul Wright, Clinical Scientist (bottom row, second from left)
- Heather Betteridge, Clinical Scientist (top row, second from left)
- Sean Bennett, Clinical Scientist (top row, far left)
- Lydia Collins, Clinical Scientist (not yet pictured)
- Shajia Shahid, Student Clinical Scientist (top row, far right)
- Georgie Davies, Student Physiologist (middle row, second from right)
- Julie Lock, Healthcare Scientist Assistant (bottom row, far right)
- Megan Hodgkinson, Medical Secretary (middle row, second from left)
- Cheryl Byrd, Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Specialist (bottom row, second from right)
Our neurophysiology department
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