New equipment at Torbay Hospital thanks to league of friends

L-R Julia Hearne, Lynne Hearne, Michael Hookings, Patricia Roberts (all League of Friends) with Lesley Chandra, Dr Ibrahim Imam, and Laura Carruthers (Torbay Hospital staff), David Rogers and Lynne Hookings (League of Friends)
(Last Updated On: December 23, 2014)

South Devon and Torbay patients can now have neurophysiology tests closer to home thanks to a generous donation of new equipment worth around one hundred and twenty thousand pounds from the Torbay Hospital League of Friends.

Neurophysiology is a specific field which is fundamental to the management of many neurological disorders of the nervous system and requires specialist equipment to carry out diagnostic tests as well as nerve conduction studies.

The new equipment funded by the League, consisting of a video EEG system (electroencephalography) and an EMG/EP machine (electromyography and evoked potentials machine) plus associated portable laptop, enables these diagnostic tests to be undertaken at Torbay Hospital.

Dr Ibrahim Imam Consultant Neurologist said:  “I am very grateful to the Torbay Hospital League of Friends for funding this equipment so that we can save many patients a journey to either Exeter or Plymouth.

L-R Julia Hearne, Lynne Hearne, Michael Hookings, Patricia Roberts (all League of Friends) with Lesley Chandra, Dr Ibrahim Imam, and Laura Carruthers (Torbay Hospital staff), David Rogers and Lynne Hookings (League of Friends)

L-R Julia Hearne, Lynne Hearne, Michael Hookings, Patricia Roberts (all League of Friends) with Lesley Chandra, Dr Ibrahim Imam, and Laura Carruthers (Torbay Hospital staff), David Rogers and Lynne Hookings (League of Friends)

“A weekend service is currently in place at Torbay Hospital for patients requiring EMG diagnostics and the Trust is currently working with Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to provide an on-site weekday service for EEG and nerve conduction studies. The purchase of this equipment has enabled us to take our first steps in delivering our aspiration of a Neurophysiology service closer to home for our local population.”

An EEG test detects electrical brain activity and is usually carried out if a person is suffering from blackouts or is having episodes of altered awareness. An EMG assesses how well your nerves and muscles are working and is generally carried out for symptoms such as tingling, numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs.

Other specialties, such as General Medicine, Rheumatology, Orthopaedics, and Paediatrics also benefit from these tests in their diagnosis of some conditions.

South Devon and Torbay patients can now have neurophysiology tests closer to home thanks to a generous donation of new equipment worth around one hundred and twenty thousand pounds from the Torbay Hospital League of Friends.

Neurophysiology is a specific field which is fundamental to the management of many neurological disorders of the nervous system and requires specialist equipment to carry out diagnostic tests as well as nerve conduction studies.

The new equipment funded by the League, consisting of a video EEG system (electroencephalography) and an EMG/EP machine (electromyography and evoked potentials machine) plus associated portable laptop, enables these diagnostic tests to be undertaken at Torbay Hospital.

Dr Ibrahim Imam Consultant Neurologist said:  “I am very grateful to the Torbay Hospital League of Friends for funding this equipment so that we can save many patients a journey to either Exeter or Plymouth.

“A weekend service is currently in place at Torbay Hospital for patients requiring EMG diagnostics and the Trust is currently working with Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to provide an on-site weekday service for EEG and nerve conduction studies. The purchase of this equipment has enabled us to take our first steps in delivering our aspiration of a Neurophysiology service closer to home for our local population.”

An EEG test detects electrical brain activity and is usually carried out if a person is suffering from blackouts or is having episodes of altered awareness. An EMG assesses how well your nerves and muscles are working and is generally carried out for symptoms such as tingling, numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs.

Other specialties, such as General Medicine, Rheumatology, Orthopaedics, and Paediatrics also benefit from these tests in their diagnosis of some conditions.

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