Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
How we can help you
We work with your local general practitioner (GP) and other health care professionals to help you look after your Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
MS is a disorder of the central nervous system which interferes with the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.
We will work with you while you are in Hospital or at home to identify if you have MS and help you and your family/carers to manage this condition through medicines and lifestyle changes. We will also refer you to specialist health professionals or for diagnostic tests, procedures, support services and treatment options. We can also provide you with information on medicine injection machines and replacement needles.
All of our consultations are bulk billed.
We are one of the Neurology Services our Hospital provides.
Professor Arun Krishnan our medical specialist and specialist doctors in training. Our doctors will assess, treat and help you manage your MS.
Our administration staff will help you make appointments and provide information about what happens at the MS clinic.
We work in partnership with your local GP, Prince of Wales Hospital and Community Health Services, local pharmacies, the MS society and researchers from the University of NSW.
Your GP or another specialist doctor will decide if you need to use our services. If they think you do, they will send a referral to Prof Krishnan explaining your medical history, relevant test results and what medicines you are taking.
Once we have your referral we will send you your appointment letter in the post. If you provide your mobile phone number you will receive a SMS reminder 2 days before your appointment. Please let the clinic know if you do not want to receive a SMS reminder.
The MS clinic runs every 1st and 3rd week of the month on a Tuesday morning between 9.00am - 11.00am.
If you need to change or cancel your appointment please telephone the clinic on 9382 2414.
You may need to wait up to 3-4 months to be seen in the clinic. If your GP thinks you need an urgent appointment they need to telephone the clinic to discuss your needs.
How often do I need to attend the MS clinic?
How often you need to attend will depend on your progress. If your condition is stable you will need to visit the clinic every 6-12 months.
If you need help with your condition, start by making an appointment with your GP to discuss your health. If your GP needs some advice they can telephone the specialist doctor at the clinic.
If you need a prescription, please ask your GP.
Your GP is your primary health care provider and it is important that you continue to visit them. Our specialist doctor will send a letter to your GP after your clinic appointment.
On the day of your first appointment please bring:
- MRI scans
- Recent blood test results
- Your referral letter from your GP
- Your Medicare card
- A list of your medicines or bring all your medicines in a bag, including any herbal or over the counter medicines
- You are welcome to bring a support person (a relative, friend or carer) with you.
Please let us know if you need an interpreter. You can contact us telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.
We are teaching hospital and you may be asked to be involved in research or for a student to be present at your appointment. You have a right to say no. If you do so, this will not impact in any way on the services we will provide.