Functional Neurosurgery

North Bristol NHS Trust has performed Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery since 1997 for the treatment of Movement Disorders. During this time we have developed a wealth of experience and expertise, and we have established a multidisciplinary team (MDT) to facilitate both service delivery and research. To date we have treated over 763 patients in our unit, primarily with Movement Disorders.

The structure of our MDT and patient evaluation methods have been used as a template by NSCAG (NHS Executive) from which to set standards for the designation of centres of Excellence for Functional Neurosurgery across the UK. More than 10 people are employed in making our internationally recognised service the success that it is and we subscribe to the recommendations made in the National Toolkit for the Designation of Providers of Deep Brain Stimulation.

We appreciate that Movement Disorders can have a major impact on a person’s physical, psychological and social well-being, as well as the well-being of their family. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) can alleviate symptoms of a variety of Movement Disorders, including Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor, Multiple Sclerosis Tremor and Dystonia. We aim to provide a comprehensive service of excellence to patients and carers during their pre-operative assessments, surgical procedures and follow-up care.

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