The Chelsea & Westminster MDT Clinic
The Chelsea & Westminster Multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Clinic is a centre of excellence which cares for approximately 500 patients a year from a wide geographical area.
It provides a ‘one-stop’ health check-up for patients living with spina bifida, drawing on the expertise of a range of multi-disciplinary staff.
All patients are seen initially by Dr Richard Morgan, Consultant Physician, in his outpatient clinic for a general assessment.They are then invited to attend the multidisciplinary clinic where all investigations are carried out e.g. blood tests, renal ultra sounds, X-rays [shunts, orthopaedic] and other specialist investigations as required. After this they attend every 18-24 months.
Expertise from various specialists is available at this clinic, such as Continence, OT, Advisor from Shine, Physio, and Neuropsychology, as well as opinions from other Clinical Consultants. Many Shine members attend the clinic at Chelsea and Westminster and report how valuable they find it, and the difference it makes to their quality of life.
This clinic is the only one of its kind in England, and referral can benefit any adult with spina bifida. If you think you would benefit from attending this clinic, you need to ask your GP to refer you. If you have specific health problems related to your spina bifida or hydrocephalus, you should ask your GP to refer you to the appropriate service locally to investigate and treat this, either as well as or instead of the Spina Bifida Clinic.
Further information from: Ann Wing, Spina Bifida Nurse Specialist & Clinic Co-ordinator, Chelsea Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Rd, London, SW10 9NH. Email: Ann.Wing@chelwest.nhs.uk
Referrals to be made by GPs and addressed to: Dr R Morgan, Chelsea Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, London SW10 9NH. Fax number: 0203 315 8040