Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your child's neurology appointment.

Patient information

Before your appointment

Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend the appointment.

Please remember to bring your child’s ‘red book’ and check your appointment letter for anything specific you have been asked to take with you. In addition, it would be helpful if you could bring the following: 

  • your full address and telephone number(s)
  • your appointment card and appointment letter
  • your GP’s name and address
  • a list of questions you may want to ask your consultant

Also if you have videos of any episodes that are of concern to you or that may be the reason for referral please bring these.

During your appointment

Your first appointment will take approximately 45 minutes or so and follow-up reviews will last for approximately 20 minutes.

Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so medical students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the nurse or doctor know and the students will be asked to step outside.

As parent or carer you will be asked questions by the consultant about your child including their general health, immunisations, schooling or development. If your child is old enough to answer some questions he or she may also be asked about the problem that has led to the consultation.

This is followed by a clinical examination of your child. The consultant will then discuss the findings and explain any plans or tests to be carried out.

After your child's been seen, the doctor may decide to do some investigations such as blood tests or an EEG test of 'electrical brain activity' or a brain scan.

After your appointment

You will receive a letter following the consultation, at times the results may be in the letter if they are available. 

For other tests or results you may be asked to inform us after the scan is done or we will discuss the results at the next follow-up appointment.