Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

The Ayrshire and Arran Multiple Sclerosis Service is based at the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Centre, Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine. 

Referral to the MS Service 

Initial referral to the Ayrshire and Arran MS Service is generally through a neurologist or family doctor (GP). Once patients are registered with the Ayrshire and Arran MS Service they will continue to be part of our routine review programme. Should patients develop any new symptoms or are concerned about any changes in their condition then we ask that they contact us directly. The Ayrshire and Arran MS Service operates a self-referral system for patients who are already registered with the service. Patients are asked to contact the relevant department where an appropriate appointment will be given.  

Ward - Pavilion 11

The inpatient ward is directly linked to the Rehabilitation Centre. The 16 beds are for assessment and rehabilitation of adults aged 16-65 with a neurological illness or disability. The approach is multi-disciplinary, but the mainstay of care is delivered by a dedicated nursing team who provide a warm and friendly service appropriate to the client group. People with MS may be admitted to the ward for a number of reasons, including investigative diagnosis, an initial course of intravenous steroids, in-depth assessment and intensive therapies. 

Visiting is from 2pm-5pm and 6pm-8pm each day. Relatives may be invited to visit outwith these times to assist in, or to learn about new aspects of care of their relative. Staff are available to discuss patient care at visiting hours where patient care needs allow.  Patients and/or relatives can make an appointment to discuss care aspects with nursing staff, the ward manager or consultant in rehab medicine. Visitors need to be aware that patients may be attending therapy sessions between 2pm and 4pm. These sessions are usually for half-an-hour or an hour and they may attend multiple therapies. 

The MS multi-disciplinary team

  • Consultant in Rehab Medicine
  • Nursing, including two MS Specialist Nurses
  • Physiotherapy, including a Consultant MS Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapy, including MS Specialist Occupational Therapist and a Consultant Occupational Therapist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Dietitian
  • Psychology including a MS Specialist Clinical Neuro-Psychologist

 Also offered at the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Centre are:

  • Wheelchair services
  • Orthotic services
  • Driving assessment   

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