Overview

Why choose Epworth for your neurological care?

Epworth provides comprehensive neurosciences services, including neurology, neurosurgery and orthopaedic spinal surgery at Epworth Richmond, Epworth Eastern and Epworth Geelong. Consulting services are available at Epworth Camberwell and Epworth Freemasons.

We are internationally recognised for our expertise in neurological rehabilitation and renowned for providing compassionate care to our patients and their families.

Neurological disorders

Our neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-psychologists, and other specialists support a range of disorders and medical conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord and spine.

Examples of some of the neurological conditions we treat:

  • Acute head injuries and acquired brain injury
  • Brain tumours
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Cervical and lumbar disc degeneration/herniation and complex spinal surgery
  • Dementia and cognitive disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Guillian Barre syndrome and other acute peripheral neuropathies
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Infective and auto immune encephalitis
  • Meningitis
  • Migraine and cluster headaches
  • Motor neurone disease (MND)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy and inflammatory myopathies
  • Para neoplastic neurological complications
  • Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
  • Spinal tumour surgery
  • Spinal deformity and scoliosis surgery (adult and paediatric)
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal infections
  • Stroke and transient ischaemic attacks (TIA)

Specialised services include:

  • Complex spinal surgery, including scoliosis surgery
  • Brain and spinal tumour surgery, neuro-oncology and immunotherapy
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to advanced treatments for Parkinson’s disease, including surgical interventions for enteral levodopa/carbidopa gel (Duodopa®) pumps and deep brain stimulation surgery.
  • Specialised stroke services, including thrombolysis and Stroke Unit care at Epworth Richmond and Epworth Geelong and the Rapid TIA inpatient assessment at Epworth Eastern Box Hill (Phone 1800 792 778 for 24 hour access)
  • Specialised immunotherapy therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
  • Inpatient therapy for complex headache management
  • Neurodiagnostic services (Nerve conduction studies and EEG) at Epworth Richmond and Epworth Geelong
  • Specialised neurological rehabilitation at Epworth Richmond, Epworth Camberwell, Epworth Brighton and Epworth Geelong.

Diagnostic tests

Together, we will investigate and determine your neurological disorder or condition.

Some conditions can be diagnosed during an initial consultation, and others may require further testing. Our diagnostics team will provide thorough examinations to determine a diagnosis and recommend treatment options:

  • Neurological examinations to test sensory and motor skills, hearing, and speech.
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Brain and medical imaging
  • Lumbar puncture and CSF studies
  • Nerve Conduction Studies and EMG (Electromyography)

Treatment and management

Depending on your diagnosis, your treatment may include medication, neurosurgery, and rehabilitation to best manage your condition.

Rehabilitation and recovery

Our multidisciplinary specialists work together with you and your family to create personalised recovery goals.

Neurological rehabilitation aims to maximise a person's physical and cognitive independence, while also providing emotional and psychological support for them and their family as they navigate their neurological disorder.

Through rehabilitation, the aim is to:

  • Assist your return to a maximum level of physical, emotional, and social functioning.
  • Identify lifestyle changes to help to improve your overall wellbeing.
  • Provide you with the knowledge to better understand your condition.

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Referring to Neurological and Neurosurgical Care

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Referrals are typically reviewed within 48 hours.

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Neurological and Neurosurgical Care at Epworth Eastern

The neuroscience unit at Epworth Eastern is a unique service that provides rapid response to a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and potentially lifesaving intervention before a stroke occurs.

TIA is a temporary blockage of blood to the brain, with symptoms often mimicking a stroke.

Unlike a stroke, the symptoms will often disappear or lessen. However, TIA is a high-risk warning sign for stroke within 90 days, with the highest risk (reproted to be up to 50 per cent) occurring in the first two days. The unit provides rapid intervention, diagnosis and treatment for patients who present to their GPs with a suspected TIA, avoiding a potential lengthy stay in an emergency department.

Rapid TIA referral service at Epworth Eastern

SUSPECT - GPs can phone 1800 792 778 for direct, over-the-phone admission with patients seen by a neurologist within 24 hours

DETECT - The unit is a multi-disciplinary team of neurologists, a specialist acute neurosciences clinical nurse consultant and a dedicated allied health team with rapid access to radiology including MRI, pathology, cardiac investigations, vascular surgeons and cardiologists, as required.

PREVENT - The unit's specialist team will seamlessly coordinate the diagnosis, treatment and management of your patient to ensure the best possible outcomes. GPs are provided with extensive patient follow-ups, at three, six and 12 months as recommended by best care guidelines, as well as a follow-up phone call one week post discharge.

Neurological and Neurosurgical Care at Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions, as well as rehabilitation for patients who experience neurological trauma and brain injury.

Conditions treated:

  • Stroke
  • Cerebral tumours
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Guillain-Barrè syndrome
  • Pain disorders

Neurological and Neurosurgical Care at Epworth Richmond

Epworth has a reputation for providing the highest levels of patient care and clinical support in all aspects of neuroscience, including neurological and neurosurgical care.

Neurological care at Epworth Richmond is comprised of two wards, 4 Cato Wing and 4 Lee Wing, with a total of 72 beds. All of these beds are covered by telemetry.

Neuroscience services at Epworth Richmond aim to practice and teach advanced techniques in the prevention, diagnosis and management of neurological and neurosurgical disorders.

Facilities and Support

  • 24-hour Emergency Department with on-call specialist Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, pain specialists and Anaesthetists.
  • Richmond Diagnostic Services offers comprehensive neurological investigation services including those required for time-critical stroke management.
  • Epworth Pathology
  • EEG
  • 26-bed Intensive Care Unit providing specialised medical and nursing care
  • Neurosurgical operating theatres with sophisticated facilities enabling all major Neurosurgical procedures to be performed.

Allied Health Support:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Neuro-psychologist
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Mental Health Liaison Service
  • Dieticians
  • Patient Support Staff
  • Pastoral care
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Early involvement of rehabilitation specialists
  • Involvement of the referring GP in the following up and ongoing care of patients
  • Ability for patient to select their own specialist

Epworth provides clinical placement and support for nurses undertaking the ACU Postgraduate diploma in clinical nursing (Neuroscience) course.

Available programme and support

Programme and support

Neurological rehabilitation

Multidisciplinary inpatient programs for privately insured, Department of Veteran Affairs, WorkCover, TAC patients and self-funded clients with neurological disorders. For a range of neurological diagnoses including stroke, cerebral tumour, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Programme and support

Stroke Service

The Epworth Richmond Stroke Service reflects current best practice for the management of stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

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Epworth Geelong

  • 1 Epworth Place, Waurn Ponds VIC 3216
  • Emergency Department is open 24 hours
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Epworth Richmond

  • 89 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121
  • Emergency Department is open 24 hours

Related services

Clinical institute

Neurosciences Clinical Institute

Director:
Dr Amanda Gilligan
The Institute focuses on neurology, neurosurgery and spinal surgery.