Goulburn Valley Health’s Dr Arup Bhattacharya, a geriatrician and physician who specialises in movement and other neurological disorders, said a neuro nurse was critical to service sufferers, families and carers in the community.
‘‘Patients will have a local contact number for the nurse and it’s not always medical concerns they will need help with, the patient could just be having a bad day and want to talk,’’ Dr Bhattacharya said.
Dr Bhattacharya said the region was not well serviced by neurological specialists and he introduced a Movement Disorder Clinic to GV Health to care for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. He accepts referrals from general practitioners and will diagnose and prepare a management plan for new and follow-up clients.
Common symptoms include tremor (shaking, trembling), rigidity or stiffness of the muscles and bradykinesia (slowness of movement) which occurs because the brain is not able to control smooth and delicate movements.