Any patient or doctor who needs a neurological evaluation in a reasonable amount of time can complete a brief 10-question form. This form will give us an idea of what the neurological problem is. We can then determine the reasonable amount of time that the patient needs to be seen-this is called triage.
A UT student is found on campus having a generalized seizure. She is brought to the ER where she undergoes an emergency neurological evaluation, including: tests, labs and imaging scans (as needed). She is then released because ER staff feels she is stable and can be discharged with medication and directions to follow-up with a neurologist. This patient would fall under the category of needing to be seen with 24-72 hours after leaving the ER.
A patient is involved in a car wreck, but does not loss consciousness. They go to the ER but are declared stable and discharged. However, for several days after they have developed severe headaches with nausea and photophobia.
Triage care as mentioned above.
Our practice will contact the patient, who will then complete basic medical forms and general insurance paperwork, prior to making an appointment.
Patients will have access to several emergency shots. When they arrive at the office, it will take no longer than 5 minutes to process them. Our goal is that no patient waits more than 30 minutes once they step into the office.
We practice general Neurology and can often see patients several times and make the diagnosis, while their primary care physician makes a long-term treatment plan. This means we won’t have to come to us frequently.
All patients will be seen by a board-certified Neurologist to make a diagnosis and begin a treatment plan. Initial preparation of the medical records and basic history may be done by medical assistants and nurse practitioners. All needed information is obtained and the Neurologist will see that patient through the full diagnosis and plan.
We do the most available neurological tests in office: EMG’s, Nerve Conduction Studies and Neurological Testing with our Emory University trained Neurological Technicians. We use electronic records which our staff gives to all other care providers who will need it. We have staff personnel who are responsible for arranging tests, which free up our providers for more time with patients.
We only practice outpatient consultant services and we only treat chronic neurological conditions, which can be treated by a primary care physician after diagnosis and treatment plan are confirmed. We do not take patients or calls at any hospital. We do not take patient calls outside the hours of Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:oo PM. Any other neurological problems need to be seen in one of the local emergency departments that has neurohosptial services (Park West, UT, Ft. Sanders regional, Tonova, Oak Ridge and Blount).