Also in Neuropsychology:
As the Neuropsychology service is part of Neurosciences, referrals are usually received from Consultants in the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Acute Stroke Unit, Liaison Psychiatry and Ophthalmology.
Neuropsychology referrals from other departments need to be discussed on an individual basis however should involve patients who have recently had a brain incident and have a complex cognitive presentation.
Neuropsychology services provide input to Specialist Rhebiltilation Medicine(including Craig Court) . The service gives neuropsychological input to inpatients and outpatients. Only very occasionally are home and community hospital cisits are untaken.
It is recognised that patients in the psychiatric services may have suffered organic brain damage in the past, and may therefore need a neuropsychological assessment. Unfortunately there is no neuropsychology service to psychiatric inpatients or outpatients. However in exceptional cases there may be a need for a direct referral from psychiatry to neuropsychology. These should be discussed in advance.
There is no contract to provide a specialist neuropsychology service to Highland patients however referrals will be accepted from Consultants in the Neuroscience Department, ARI.
Neuropsychology will accept GP referrals for patients who have recently been treated, by neurosciences departments and who require specialist neuropsychology input. In recognition of the variety or complexity of some referrals, the neuropsychologists are happy to discuss any potential referral.
Referral should follow the criteria listed above. Once a reasonable number of referrals have been gathered a visit will be made.
We would be happy to discuss, on an individual basis, any patient who seems appropriate for a neuropsychological assessment but falls outside the above guidelines. Any comments and suggestions will be welcomed.