Neurological conditions: a symptom-by-symptom guide for nurses

How to care for a patient who has signs and symptoms that may require investigation
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How to care for a patient who has signs and symptoms that may require investigation

  • Neurological conditions make up a significant proportion of emergency admissions and GP consultations
  • NICE guidance explains the signs and symptoms nurses should look out for in patients
  • Read a clinical nurse specialist’s practical advice

Suspected neurological conditions, excluding stroke, account for about 10% of UK emergency admissions. A similar proportion of GP consultations relate to neurological problems.

1 in 6

people in the UK are affected by a neurological problem

(Source: Brain and Spine Foundation )

Yet diagnosis can be difficult. A survey by the Neurological Alliance found that almost one third of respondents made five or more


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