Northland DHB Neurology
Public Service, Neurology
- voluntary nervous system which controls what we choose to do and the
- involuntary or autonomic nervous system that controls automatic functions that we don’t have to think about.
A medical specialist in this field is a Neurologist. A Neurosurgeon is a surgeon who operates on parts of the nervous system. The two specialists often work together, depending on the problem.
Northland DHB does not employ a neurologist. Services are provided by the general physicians in conjunction with a visiting neurologist from Auckland 3 times a month.
Your GP will refer you to the General Medical Clinic if they think you have a problem that involves the nervous system. These referrals are reviewed by the general physicians and, depending on the type of problem being referred, you will either be booked in to see a general physician, medical registrar or to see the visiting neurologist. Who you see is determined by the type of problem you are referred for.
Waiting times for clinics range from 1 day - 6 months, depending on the urgency of your condition. This is assessed from the letter or phone call we receive from your GP.
Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments
An EEG is a test to detect abnormalities in the electrical activity of the brain.… More
Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
NCS are tests of the speed of conduction of impulses through a nerve.… More
EMG is a test that assesses disorders of muscles and the nerves controlling them.… More
Lumbar Puncture (LP)
Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) is the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It is often helpful when diagnosing certain conditions to examine this fluid for cells and chemicals/proteins. A lumbar puncture allows the doctor to examine the content and pressure of this fluid.… More
Computer Tomography (CT)
A CT image is created by using an X-ray beam, which is sent through the body from different angles giving cross-sectional images of the body.… More
Epilepsy is a condition where people have seizures or ‘fits’. Seizures may present in many forms but are due to bursts of electrical activity within the brain. The problem can be with the electricity of the brain on its own or due to some underlying structural lesion of the brain.… More
Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain characterised by shaking (tremor), slowing of movement and difficulty with walking and coordination.… More
Most headaches are not due to significant underlying problems but you may be referred if your GP is worried about the nature of your headaches or you are having difficulty controlling them with standard treatment.… More
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease involving the brain and spinal cord. It occurs over time in multiple sites in these two areas of the nervous system.… More
Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
This refers to a group of progressive disorders where there is destruction of motor neurones (the nerves that control voluntary muscle activity such as speaking, walking, breathing, and swallowing.) Symptoms include: gradual weakening, shrinking of muscles and uncontrollable twitching of the muscles. Sensation, memory and personality are not affected.… More
Head injury is also known as traumatic brain injury. This is when the brain tissue has been damaged due to trauma.… More
Headache Treatment Guidelines
1. Acute treatment
The patient will need to determine which acute treatment, either single drug or combination of medication, is most effective.… More
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This page was last updated at 9:06AM on December 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Neurology.