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Neuropsychology

What we do

We provide neuropsychological assessment, consultation and limited interventions to people with acquired brain injury or other neurological symptoms and illness.

Common reasons for referral include problems with memory, concentration and problem solving, and changes in personality and behaviour.

Neuropsychological assessments look at how your brain is working and how brain injuries or illness may affect your behaviour, thinking and personality.

The results can help you and the professionals caring for you to understand more about your symptoms and how they may be affecting you.

Prepare for your appointment

Try to relax before your appointment. Often people find the testing interesting and the information gathered will help towards your care.

You should avoid any activities that are likely to leave you especially fatigued on the day of the assessment.

There is no need to stop taking any prescribed medications but you should avoid alcohol and/or recreational drugs in the 24-hours preceding your appointment.

Bring to the assessment:

  • Reading glasses, if you use them.
  • A hearing aid, if you use one.
  • A relative or close friend, if you like.

If you can no longer attend

Call the patient booking hub on 0300 303 8360 to reschedule.

This also allows us to give the unfilled appointment to someone else.

What to expect while under our care

The assessment

Neuropsychological assessments are comprehensive cognitive evaluations which typically take two or more hours in an outpatient setting although shorter (screening) assessments are appropriate for inpatients or individuals who fatigue easily. The data is typically used for diagnostic purposes but also in treatment planning, monitoring of clinical conditions and outcome measurement.

We will look at a number of different brain functions including:

  • concentration
  • memory
  • problem-solving
  • planning
  • multi-tasking
  • language

Some of the tasks are pen and paper exercises and others involve solving puzzles.

We will decide which tasks to give you based on your history, medical notes and discussion with others involved in your care.

The results

A report will be sent to your GP and to the professional who referred you. You can also request a copy.

The results will help your healthcare provider to:

  • better understand your symptoms
  • plan your treatment or rehabilitation
  • track any changes in your symptoms

We may also be able to provide you with some tips and strategies to help you manage your symptoms better.

Confidentiality

We are bound by a code of confidentiality. No information regarding you or your assessment will be discussed outside of the context of your clinical care. Records will not be released outside the NHS without your permission. Your records will be stored securely. The same confidentiality rules apply to interpreters.

Location

We are based at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Contact

01444 441881 extn. 5739

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