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Patient Care

Working as a team to provide excellent clinical services

Clinical services in the Division of Neurology bring together physicians, residents, fellows and nurse practitioners to treat a wide range of specialty, primary and emergency care.

Clinical programs

The Division of Neurology faculty members lead a number of advanced clinical programs to support the diverse needs of patient. The programs, which incorporate education and research components, ensure the provision of the best possible care and excellent education and research opportunities for students, residents and attending physicians.

Acute Stroke Program

The Capital Health District Stroke Program provides leading-edge, evidence-based treatment and rehabilitation for stroke patients and their families and caregivers. The program’s educational activities target medical students and residents as well as practicing clinicians.

Research conducted in the program focuses on clinical trials and health services delivery. Neurologists provide a 24/7 emergency consultation service for patients affected by stroke and other acute neurological disorders, and service to the rapid-access Neurovascular Clinic which focuses on preventing disabling strokes in individuals exhibiting warning signs of stroke.

Behavioural Neurology Program

The Behavioural Neurology Program provides assessment and treatment for adults with cognitive difficulties. Academic pursuits including education and research are also part of the program’s mandate. In partnership with the Division of Geriatric Medicine and its Memory Clinic, the program provides clinical experience to neurology residents, geriatric medicine fellows and internal medicine residents who spend several months of their training program in the Behavioural Neurology Clinic.

Dalhousie Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit

The Dalhousie Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit provides care and education for patients and their families with multiple sclerosis in Nova Scotia. Research and education are integral to the unit’s mandate, providing exceptional opportunities for residents, medical students and physicians.

Electroencephalography (EEG) Laboratory

The EEG is a diagnostic procedure, the most common of which is performed by attaching recording electrodes to the scalp and recording the patient in relaxed wakefulness for 30 minutes. The laboratory performs about 1500 studies per year (inpatients and outpatients) primarily for patients suspected of having epilepsy or a variety of other encephalopathies.

Neuromuscular Service

The Neuromuscular Service provides diagnosis and care for a broad range of disorders affecting the peripheral nervous system, including motor neuron diseases, nerve diseases, neuromuscular junction disorders and muscle disease.

The service is closely integrated with the Electromyography Laboratory and has the support of full diagnostic services, including nerve and muscle biopsy interpretation by neuropathy. Residents in neurology and physical medicine & rehabilitation can complete their training through the service to qualify for the Canadian EMG certifying examination.

Neuro-Oncology Program

The Neuro-Oncology Program is a collaboration between the Divisions of Neurology and Oncology. The program focuses on managing the neurological complications of cancer and cancer treatment and supports adults with wide-ranging problems, including seizures, headaches, polyneuropathy and focal neuropathy. Diagnostics include the use of MRIs, EEGs and EMGs.

Neuro-Ophthalmology Program

The Neuro-Ophthalmology Program is a shared program with ophthalmology and visual sciences and neurology. The clinic is a referral centre for patients from Maritime Canada who have perception and ocular motor system impairments. As an educational resource, it serves as the main clinic for teaching neuro-ophthalmology to ophthalmology and neurology residents.

Neuro-Ophthalmology research conducted in the program focuses on optic neuropathy, MS and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

Halifax Epilepsy Program

The Halifax Epilepsy Program provides an individually-tailored, comprehensive treatment approach for adults in all stages of epilepsy. The goal of the program’s First Seizure Clinic is to diagnose patients at the earliest possible stage which, when combined with all the necessary investigative tools and procedures, results in a targeted treatment program with outstanding patient outcomes. The program has the Maritime’s only inpatient video EEG Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) and the sole adult epilepsy surgery program in Atlantic Canada.

Division faculty are actively engaged in epilepsy research. The division hosts the bi-annual Halifax International Epilepsy Conference and Retreat which attracts world experts in the field.

Location

4th Floor, Halifax Infirmary
QEII - Halifax Infirmary Site
1796 Summer Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3H 3A6