What is Clinical Neuropsychology?
Clinical Neuropsychology involves exploring how the brain functions (for example, memory, planning and organizing information, visual perception, attention). A Neuropsychologist assesses a patient?s thinking, behaviour and psychological functioning.
A Clinical Neuropsychologist assesses how thinking (memory, attention, concentration, planning and organisation, reasoning and problem solving etc) has been affected by brain injury. A detailed assessment of abilities is usually done, and the pattern of strengths and weaknesses is used to aid diagnosis, help make sense of a person?s difficulties and plan treatment. Neuropsychologists also provide education and emotional support to patients and their families as required.
Who we see?
There might be lots of reasons why you have been referred. Your brain may have been affected as a result of an accident or medical condition or your family and/or friends may be concerned about your thinking.
Why have I been referred?
In-patients and out-patients with a wide range of neurological disorders including Stroke, Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington's Disease and Tumour can be referred to the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology. The service covers a large geographical area including all of Grampian and Orkney. The service is split into 2 main areas:
What type of patients do we see?
Inpatients and outpatients with a wide range of neurological disorders including Stroke, Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson?s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington?s Disease and Tumour can be referred to the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology. The service covers a large geographical area including all of Grampian and Orkney. The service is split into 2 main areas:
The department provides an acute in-patient service to all wards at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. In addition some in-patients are seen at Royal Cornhill Hospital, Peterhead Prison and Balfour Hospital in Orkney. Out-patient clinics for the acute service are conducted mainly at Woolmanhill Hospital.
The department provides an in-patient service to Rehabilitation Medicine and the Medicine for the Elderly at Woodend Hospital. This includes a stroke specific service. Rehabiltation out-patients are also seen at the Horizons Rehabilitation Centre.