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Neurology

Our Neurology Department provides general neurology outpatient clinics as well as a range of specialist clinics for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy. We offer a range of diagnostic procedures including MRI and CT scans, EMG and EEG.

The Neurology Deparment at Southend Hospital offers an efficient general neurology outpatient service in addition to specialist clinics in MS and a rapid access epilepsy (first fit) clinic. We remain within the 18-week target.  

A responsive inpatient referral service is also provided to see new referrals and review patients with on-going neurological problems.  There are clinical nurse specialists (CNS) in multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy who run their own clinics and also provide advice for inpatients.

In addition the neurology department is supported by an onsite neurophysiology service.  We have access to all essential neurological investigations including MRI, CT, DATScan, EEG, EMG and lumbar puncture.  There are close links to the Royal London Hospital neurology department, which provides tertiary care services.

Consultant Staff

There are currently seven neurologists working in the department, all working partially at Southend and the Royal London Hospital or part-time. As well as running general neurology clinics, each has specialist interests (in brackets):

  • Dr Chris Everett (lead) (neurogenetics)  
  • Dr Lucy Coward (vascular neurology)
  • Dr David Gallagher (movement disorders)
  • Dr Ann Cheesman (epilepsy)
  • Dr Monica Marta
  • Dr John Jestico
  • There is also a full-time locum neurologist.

Dr Gallagher and Dr Everett also run specialist clinics at the Royal London Hospital and Dr Cheesman runs an epilepsy rapid access clinic at Southend. Dr Marta runs the specialist disease modifying MS clinic twice monthly. Dr Jestico runs a general neurology clinic one day a week. 

Clinical Nurse Specialists

The CNS team support the consultants, run their own clinics and provide inpatient and outpatient support. They all provide a telephone advice service to patients, their carers and all MDT colleagues.  Frequent interaction with the consultants provides a responsive service to the patients, with changes in management quickly decided upon and actioned.

MS nurses

Janet Meek and Helen Gush work closely with Dr Marta in the MS disease modifying clinic, maintaining a database of all patients, prescribing all disease modifying therapies, and extensive monitoring of all treatment within established protocols.

They have well established joint working pathways with our Cardiac Medical Day Stay department for the on-going provision of high risk therapies. They run nurse-led clinics several times each week, and for those patients too disabled, or too unwell to attend, they are seen at home.

They also run an extremely responsive 'urgent attender service' for those patients in acute exacerbation of their MS,  by seeing them in the department on the same day, as ward attenders outside of clinic times, hence preventing admission to hospital.  

PD nurses

Sue Knight, Maggie Stannard and Marcia Warwick provide support to the PD patients similarly and run regular PD clinics and are also Nurse Prescriber's managing complex treatment regimes. 

Epilepsy Nurse

Georgina Roberts, supported by Basil Peter (Associate Epilepsy Practitioner) again provides comprehensive support for patients with epilepsy both as inpatients and outpatients.  She supports Dr Cheesman in the first fit clinic and also runs her own clinics.


Contact us

Dr Christopher Everett, Dr John Jestico and Clinical Nurse Specialists 
MS, Parkinsons and Epilepsy
Contact: Secretary Heather Banks on 01702 385137

Dr Lucy Coward, Dr Monica Marta and Locum Consultant
Contact: Secretary Lee Bridges on 01702 385504

Dr David Gallagher and Dr Ann Cheesman
Contact: Secretary Jermaine Rhiti on 01702 385269

Neurology clinic reception and EEG
Bookings: Please call 01702 385305

Neurophysiology/EMG
Contact: Secretary on 01702 385264

Neurology Service (SUHFT)
Lead: Dr Chris Everett
Matron: Janet Meek