The Clinical Health Neurological Conditions Clinic is based at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings. We work with patients who have been diagnosed with a neurological disease that is complicated by psychological difficulties.
Who we see
We offer a wide range of services with a particular specialisation in neuropsychological assessment for people who have suffered changes in their brain function, that’s affecting their ability to copy with daily life activities, following:
- A viral infection
- Exposure to toxic materials
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease.
What you can expect from the service
After receiving your referral, we will offer you an appointment at one of our clinics for an initial assessment with a psychologist. This may take up to an hour and a half for routine assessments and up to four hours for a full neuropsychological assessment. The assessment will include a discussion around your background, any current difficulties and your proposed care plan. You will be given short breaks during the assessment.
If you’re suitable and would like to work with us, we will support you with regular one to one appointments to help you through your current difficulties.
If you are in crisis and need to see someone immediately, please contact your GP who will arrange for the local Crisis Response Team to come out and see you, or visit your local A&E department and you will be seen by a psychiatric liaison nurse.
You can also contact the Sussex Mental Healthline on 0300 5000 101.
What is a neuropsychological assessment?
In addition to your initial assessment, you may need a full neuropsychological assessment. This can help us identify if any changes have occurred and find out what these changes mean in relation to how well you cope in your daily life.
At the beginning of the assessment a psychologist will ask you a number of questions about your brain injury and any difficulties you may be experiencing. It would be helpful if a relative or close friend could come to this part of the assessment, which will last about half an hour. This will allow us to gain additional information which will help us to interpret the results of the assessment.
The rest of the assessment involves you completing a number of different tasks. Most of the tasks are spoken or completed using a pencil and paper. They’re designed to assess a wide range of your abilities, such as:
- Problem solving skills
You may think some of the tasks are not relevant to your current difficulties but each is designed to measure a particular ability and the results are important in helping us to build a complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses.
What to bring to your assessment
You will need to bring details of your current medications, including dosage, starting date and what you are taking them for. If you are in any doubt, please bring the medicines with you. If you normally wear reading glasses bring them with you.
Before and after your assessment
Alcohol and recreational drugs may affect your performance during the assessment so try to avoid any significant amount of alcohol or recreational drugs for several days before your appointment. Try to get a good night’s sleep the night before.
At the end of the assessment the psychologist will give you some brief feedback about the results of your assessment, what the next step will be and may invite you back for a more detailed discussion of the results and findings.
When the assessment is complete the psychologist will write a report highlighting your strengths and weaknesses, and the affect these have on your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. The report is usually written for the person who referred you to us and a copy is sent to your GP. If you would like a copy of the report, please let the psychologist know.
If you have any questions about the service please call us on 0300 304 0096 or write to us at:
Clinical Health Psychology Department
Battle Health Centre
13 Mitre Way