The Parkinson's Treatment Centre is based at Gorseinon Hospital in Swansea.
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It was first established on the elderly care day unit at Morriston Hospital, providing a service principally within Swansea, but also south west Wales for those with Parkinson's and their families.
This was a unique concept at that time and Dr Richard Weiser (consultant neurologist) was instrumental in setting up the service. Also very much involved was Maralyn Thomas who was the first Parkinson's nurse specialist appointed in Wales.
In 2004, following re-organisation of medical services at Morriston, the centre was transferred to a stand alone unit at Gorseinon Hospital, which has enabled the service to expand activities and develop expert practice.
Dr Ffion Thomas is now the lead consultant supported by Dr Owen Powell and Dr Reem Amin who between them hold four clinics a week.
Maralyn has now retired and Gill Forwood is the Parkinson’s nurse specialist who works full time. Despite the change in staff the team continues to work tirelessly and remain enthusiastic advocates for those with Parkinson’s.
The centre is also used for teaching sessions for those with Parkinson's disease, families and carers.
The centre continues to evaluate the service, but results from the 2017 Parkinson’s UK audit confirmed our belief that we are delivering a high standard of care which meets the NICE Guidelines recommendations and exceeds the national average.
The unit works closely with the charity Parkinson’s UK and the local support groups who remain committed to their cause and have given tremendous support over the years.