For New Patients

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is:

The most common serious neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. One in a thousand Canadians has MS. The disease attacks the protective myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves of the central nervous system, causing inflammation and loss of myelin. This process interrupts and distorts the natural flow of nerve pulses.

What is the MS Clinic?

The MS Clinic was established in 1972. We are an interdisciplinary team of health care workers who provide management and treatment of multiple sclerosis for patients and families living with the disease.

In collaboration with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the scientific community, the pharmaceutical industry and community agencies, we conduct clinical and laboratory research and provide education to patients, families, the health care community and the general public.

The MS Clinic Team Consists of:

  • You
  • Clinic Neurologists
  • Advanced Practice Nurses/Clinical Nurse Specialists (APN)
  • Clinical Fellows
  • Clinic Coordinator/Social Worker
  • Clinical Research Coordinators
  • Dieticians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists

The MS Clinic Team Offers...

We are here to assist you with ongoing patient services. This may involve:

  • diagnosis
  • medical follow up
  • treatment/symptom management
  • referral to allied health services
  • assessment of physicians of other specialties
  • counseling and education

What Happens Now?

After referral to the clinic, you will be seen by one of the physicians involved in the clinic, and often by a advanced practice nurse. The initial assessment involves taking a history of your symptoms, followed by a neurological examination. Previous investigations will be reviewed and further investigations may be recommended including: blood tests, lumbar puncture, radiographic imaging (MRI), electrophysiological tests (EMG/VER).

Follow-up visits may be scheduled if necessary to review these investigations with you. Further investigation or treatment/care will be recommended as appropriate. The Clinic Coordinator may also meet with you on your initial visit to inform you of the MS Clinic services.

Reports

A full report will be sent to the physician who has referred you to the clinic, as well as other physicians involved in your care, and update reports at the time of each follow-up with us. We will outline investigations, diagnosis and treatment. This is important so that your primary physician is aware of our recommendations so that they can integrate this information into your overall medical care.

Appointments

Outpatient appointments are made for the earliest available clinic date.

Please remember to bring ...

  • Your health card
  • Any MRI scans you may have
  • A list of medications you are currently taking
  • Eyeglasses

The Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical Nurse Specialist (APN)

The MS Clinic APN is a advanced practice nurse with a special interest and expertise in multiple sclerosis.

Collaborating with the Clinic physicians, the APN manages many aspects of patient care and coordinates many of the clinic activities. The APN is usually in attendance during consultations and follow up visits. Along with providing care in the Clinic, the APN is also a valuable resource in assisting you and your family to obtain optimal care in your own community.

 

LHSCPatients, Families & Visitors


Last Updated September 2, 2008 | © 2007, LHSC, London Ontario Canada