Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s is a progressive (slow developing) neurological condition (problems with the cells in your brain and nerves), which affects movements such as walking, talking, and writing.

One in 500 people have Parkinson’s and approximately 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed every year. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremors (shaking), muscle stiffness and slowness of movement, but it can also impact on your day to day life, causing tiredness and pain.

We currently do not know what causes Parkinson’s disease and there is no cure for the disease. However there are various treatments that can be given to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease which can help you maintain your quality of life.

Our service

The Parkinson’s disease service is run by Consultants, Associate specialist and Specialist nurse who all have expertise and experience in diagnosing and managing the condition. You will be referred to our service by your GP if the condition in suspected.

We will support you following your diagnosis and will:

  • provide you with regular assessments to monitor your symptoms
  • help you to understand your Parkinson’s diagnosis and your treatments
  • provide you with support, advice and counselling
  • help you to manage your medication
  • provide support, education and advice for your family and carers
  • refer you to other services where necessary, such as speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social services

Clinics

We run regular face to face clinics as well as telephone clinics at:

Medical rehabilitation day unit University Hospital of Hartlepool Hartlepool

Medical rehabilitation unit University Hospital of North Tees Stockton

Contact

Dr Arun Annamalai, Consultant Geriatrician- Clinics at Hartlepool

Dr Helen Blackett, Consultant Geriatrician- Clinics at Stockton

Dr Dawn Noble, Associate Specialist- Clinics at both sites

Gillian Stafford, Parkinsons Disease Nurse Specialist

University Hospital of Hartlepool
Hartlepool
01429 522474

University Hospital of North Tees
Stockton
01642 382745

Helpline

Our helpline number is 01429 522483. Monday and Thursday mornings 0900 to 1030hrs and answering machine service out of these hours.

Please note that the helpline is for people with Parkinson’s disease who are already known to our service as well as carers and health care professionals looking after them.

Useful links

Parkinson’s UK helpline: 0808 800 0303

NICE guidelines