Deep Brain Stimulation
By: Prof Tim Lynch, Consultant Neurologist, Mr Brian Magennis & Ms Carole Goggin, Clinical Nurse Specialists.
The DBS clinic started in Dublin Neurological Institute of the Mater University Hospital in January 2009, it is the first clinic of its kind in Ireland. It was established by Professor Tim Lynch who runs the clinic along with DBS Nurse Carole Goggin, Brian Magennis and 2 neurology registrars.
The purpose of the clinic is to assess patients for a possible DBS procedure and for the follow up care of post DBS patients. Patients attend the clinic from all counties in Ireland. They are referred from the Mater Movement Disorders Clinic and from various neurological centres across the country.
The majority of patients assessed have IPD, ET, Dystonia. or other neurological disorders. DBS is not an available service in Ireland at present, therefore patients must travel abroad for the procedure mainly to the U.K. The DBS clinic has strong links with Oxford and Bristol where most of the patients are referred for surgery.
A new DBS service has been established in Belfast. Some of our patients have travelled there recently for a change of battery in their stimulator. Funding is obtained from the HSE Treatment Abroad scheme.