Neuroscience and Neurology

Who we are

PCH’s Children's Neuroscience Service encompasses neurology, neurosurgery and neurophysiology services. The Children’s Neuroscience Service provides a specialist service for the diagnosis and treatment of children with neurological disorders.

Conditions we manage

Our expert team of neurologists, neurophysiologists, neurosurgeons, neurophysiology technologists and nurses provides investigation, diagnosis and management of a range of neurological conditions.

Services we provide

Neurologists

Our neurologists provide comprehensive outpatient and inpatient services to diagnose, treat and manage infants, children and adolescents with common neurological conditions as well as more complex and rare neurological disorders. Foetal neurology consultations are also provided.

Neurosurgeons

Our paediatric neurosurgeons diagnose, treat and manage central nervous system problems such as brain and spinal tumours, hydrocephalus, congenital abnormalities, trauma to the brain and spinal cord as well as surgical treatment for epilepsy. Our neurosurgeons have expertise in general and endoscopic neurosurgery. We also have WA’s first intraoperative MRI unit, which enables a patient to be scanned during surgery.

Neurophysiology

Our neurophysiology service provides a comprehensive range of standard and specialised procedures essential to the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and other neurological disorders. We also provide intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) provides prolonged video- electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring for diagnosis, classification and management of epilepsy as part of the Child and Adolescent Epilepsy Program. Targeted therapies include specific anti-epileptic drugs, special diets, vagal nerve stimulation and resective epilepsy surgery.

Clinical research

Our research in the area of epilepsy is focused on mechanisms and treatment, including new drugs as well as non-invasive brain stimulation. Studies are also undertaken for other neurological disorders.

Prescriptions

Most medications are available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme at your local pharmacy on prescriptions you should obtain from your GP.

Children who require special prescriptions may need to get their medication from PCH’s pharmacy. Prescriptions for these items will be provided at your outpatient clinic appointments.

Please ensure that we are aware of your current GP so that discharge summaries and outpatient clinic letters are sent to the correct practice.

Referrals

We accept referrals for children and young people up to the age of 16. New referrals for adolescents who are 16 years or older should be referred to adult services.

Outpatient referrals

We accept Neurology/Neurosurgery outpatient referrals from external healthcare providers including consultant neurologists, paediatricians, GPs and other metropolitan or rural hospitals. Referrals should be sent to:

  • Clinic F, Locked Bag 2010, Nedlands 6909 
  • Referrals may also be submitted to the Central Referral Service (external site) or faxed to (08) 6456 2325

Referrals are triaged by Consultant Neurologists/Neurosurgeons. For urgent cases, please call the PCH switchboard and request to speak to the Neurology or Neurosurgery Registrar.

Inpatient services

We accept e-referrals for inpatient services at PCH from internal medical specialties and ED. ED can also refer patients for urgent consultation/admission and those requiring neurosurgery or acute neurology intervention.

We accept Neurophysiology (EEG) referrals from all internal medical specialties.

Outpatient EEG and other neurophysiological investigations

External referrals can be made by paediatricians, neurologists, neonatologists, psychiatrists, EDs and Child Development Centres. We are unable to accept EEG referrals from GPs.

EEG referrals should be sent to:

  • Clinic F, Locked Bag 2010, Nedlands 6909 
  • Urgent referrals can be discussed with the Chief Neurophysiology Technologist and can be faxed to (08) 6456 2326.


Hours

Outpatients: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. 

Inpatients: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Location

Inpatients: Ward 2A

Outpatients: Clinic F, Level 1, (take the Pink Lifts)

Neurophysiology Diagnostic services: Clinic G, Level 1 

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Referrals

Referrals to the PCH Neuroscience Service

Contact us 

Neurology/neurosurgery outpatients:

  • Mail to Clinic F, Locked Bag 2010, Nedlands 6909
  • Fax (08) 6456 2325
  • Submit via the Central Referral Service (external site) 

For urgent cases, please call the PCH switchboard on (08) 6456 2222 and ask to speak to the neurology or neurosurgery registrar.

Outpatient EEG and other neurophysiological investigations:

  • Mail to Clinic F, Locked Bag 2010, Nedlands 6909

Urgent referrals can be discussed with the Chief Neurophysiology Technologist and can be faxed to (08) 6456 2326.

Related links

Autism Association of Western Australia (external link)

Epilepsy Association of Western Australia (external link)