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Movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease (PD), dystonia and essential tremor


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • Severe symptoms or abrupt onset/deterioration of movement disorder

  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)

    • Known or suspected:
      • Parkinson Disease
      • Tics and Tourette Syndrome
      • Cerebellar related ataxia
      • Dystonia
      • Myoclonus
      • Huntington's disease
      • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)

    • Non-progressive movement disorder i.e. essential tremor

1. Reason for request Indicate on the referral

  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can't order, or the patient can't afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary

2. Essential referral information Referral will be returned without this

  • TSH results for tremors

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • Detailed history of abnormal movements
  • Accurate neurological exam results
  • ELFTs (if available)
  • Any investigations done to exclude alternative diagnoses e.g. nerve conduction study, EEG, CT Brain and MRI Brain

4. Request

Last updated: 13 June 2023