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Accessing neurological services

Waiting roomIf you are reading this you may already have some experience of health and neurology services in the UK, but want to find out more about how the system works and what's available to you. Or perhaps you are a family member or friend wanting to find out more about treatment.

In this section we have some basic information about the neurological services you may use, including a map of neuroscience centres.

Doctors and diagnosis

  • What's the difference between a radiographer and a radiologist? How can you access the services of a physiotherapist?  From neurologists to speech and language therapists, we explain who's who, what they do and how to get an appointment, in our Who's Who in neurology.

  • Doctor and patientAre you experiencing symptoms and waiting to be diagnosed? Our article on diagnosis explains what happens if you have symptoms that seem to be neurological, including the tests and investigations you may have. See also our article on undiagnosed conditions.

  • When seeing a health professional you are likely to have lots of questions, but in the flurry of an appointment it's easy for these to slip your mind. Our suggested questions to ask your doctor is a set of downloadable lists that you can take to appointments.

Neurology, neurosurgery and other services

Our UK map shows neurological centres (where neurology and neurosurgery are undertaken), neurological departments based within district general hospitals, spinal injuries units and radiosurgery centres.

In addition to these, if you have a neurological condition you are likely to benefit from a range of other health and social care services. The Neurological Alliance has more information

The Brain Charity offers emotional support, practical help and social activities to anyone with a neurological condition and to their family, friends and carers.

There may also be other charities that can give support and assistance with any problems relating to your condition - see our neurological topics index for links.

If you have any questions about your proposed treatment, referral or tests, our Helpline nurses can explain these to you - call free on 0808 808 1000 or email helpline@brainandspine.org.uk. See also our list of frequently asked questions.

Future treatments and technology

With research into the treatment of neurological conditions progressing all the time, you may hear about new treatments or technologies that are relevant to your condition.

Media reports often come years before any changes happen that affect patients, because the process of introducing a new treatment is a long one. But occasionally new ways of treating neurological conditions are introduced, in the form of clinical trials or adopted as part of the accepted treatment for that condition.

One new treatment that is getting more prominent in the UK is radiosurgery for brain and spinal tumours. Read more about radiosurgery in the UK.