Neurology - your nervous system

If your family doctor thinks you are suffering from a complaint to do with the nervous system they may ask advice from a neurologist, who is a specialist in diagnosing such complaints. Your doctor may also decide to refer you to a neurologist for an opinion.

Neurology is the study of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves), how it controls various parts of the body and the diseases and disorders that may affect it.

The brain coordinates how we think and what we do physically as well as controlling how the body manages itself. It sends messages to, and receives information from the rest of the body through a complex system of nerves which use chemicals and electricity to send information.

Neurology outpatient assessment clinics are held at Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Hastings. Outreach clinics are also held in Napier, Waipukurau and Wairoa.

The Neurology Department also undertakes the following diagnostic tests:

  • EEG (electroencephalogram). An EEG is a test to detect abnormalities in the electrical activity of the brain. It is often used in the diagnosis of epilepsy.
  • Nerve conduction tests and electromyography (EMG) test for abnormalities in peripheral nerve and muscle function.