John Radcliffe Hospital – Oxford

NMO Clinical Service at John Radcliffe Hospital

nmo.advice@ouh.nhs.uk
Tel: 01865 231905

The Service in Oxford has two components, the clinical and the laboratory who work very closely together.

Referrals received from consultant neurologists will be accepted, referrals direct from GP’s will be accepted if it is likely the patient has NMOSD or if the patient has AQP4 or MOG antibodies

Dr Jacqueline Palace, leads the NMO Service which provides the following:

  • Expert input on diagnosis, assessment and treatments
  • Acute admissions for relapse assessment and management
  • Remote advice to local medical teams
  • Patient telephone and email advice line, manned by the NMO Nurse Specialist
  • Access at clinic appointments to a full medical and therapy team (see below)
  • Written information and access to websites on NMO

 Laboratory Service

The laboratories at the John Radcliffe Hospital carry out antibody testing for patients all over Europe who are suspected to have NMO. This has been clinically proven to be the most accurate test for the NMO antibody that is currently available.

Meet the Clinical team

Lead Consultant Neurologist – Dr Jacqueline Palace
Consultant Neurologist – Dr Maria Isabel Leite
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist – Dr Saleel Chandratre
Our role is to ensure the correct diagnosis and offer the most appropriate treatment for anyone with a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of NMO.

NMO Clinical Fellow – Dr Silvia Messina
A clinical fellow is a doctor who is gaining experience in NMO.

Consultant Ophthalmologist –
The Ophthalmologist role is to review your eyesight and arrange any eye tests you may need

NMO Specialist Occupational Therapist (OT) – Kay Day
The role of the OT is to help maintain your independence in everyday activities.

NMO Specilaist Physiotherapist (PT) – Nina Eagle
The role of physio is to assess any physical problems such as reduced balance, limb weakness, stiffness and spasms. Patients are encouraged to take an active role to improve their independence

NMO Nurse Specialist – Rosie Everett and Sandra Reeve
The NMO nurse provides a point of contact for patients and professionals alike, providing expertise, education and emotional support. The nurse is responsible for ensuring high standards of care for all patients linked in to the service through audit and appraisal as well as providing teaching for nursing staff from neurology units across the south of England.