Your GP can treat a variety of conditions, from acute illness to chronic conditions. However, some conditions require specialists, including a consultant neurologist.

Conditions of the nervous system like seizures, migraine, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and stroke may result in a referral to a consultant neurologist. They are better placed to assess your symptoms, provide a diagnosis and find the right treatment plan.

Why would my GP refer me to a consultant neurologist?

A neurologist treats conditions of the nervous system. The nervous system is not just the brain. It also includes nerve endings, the brains coverings and the spinal cord. Conditions relating to this symptom and be painful and worrying. A wide range of different, potentially neurological conditions, include:

  • Headache
  • Speech problems
  • Memory loss
  • Tremors
  • Balance problems
  • Numbness

A neurologist can fully assess any symptoms and look to move onto the next stage in the diagnostic process.

What do neurologists treat?

Neurology covers a broad spectrum of illnesses and disorders, but they will usually treat:

Head injuries

Head injuries may not result in a neurology referral but persistent symptoms might. You may visit a neurologist to discuss and determine the extent of injuries and develop a treatment.

Migraine and headache

Persistent headache and related symptoms that come with migraine can be debilitating. Your neurologist can help diagnose the problem, find its root and provide the right treatment plan.


Epilepsy is characterised by repeated seizures, often due to a trigger. Once you’ve experienced a seizure your GP will refer you to neurology. The neurologist will try to ascertain the cause of the seizure and assess you for epilepsy. Not all seizures signal epilepsy so it is important to have all the necessary tests.

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative condition that affects the brain and spinal column. The symptoms can differ from time to time and many patients experience ups and downs from the diagnosis and need regular neurology appointments to manage the condition.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease occurs when the brain no longer creates dopamine which is vital in controlling the body’s movement. It can result in tremors, stiffness and difficulty with coordination. A neurologist can assess properly for Parkinson’s and arrange the treatment necessary to slow and manage the symptoms.


A stroke is the result of your brain losing its blood supply. Your brain cells begin to die and this can result in damage to your speech and mobility, as well as other symptoms. Neurologists can ascertain how much damage the stroke has caused and help you to find the right medications and treatments to recover.

There are many other neurological conditions you may need a referral for. Just remember that neurology is there to help and while it may be a worry, your doctor will work to find the best treatment for your symptoms.

Dr Paviour: Consultant Neurologist

Dr Paviour has regular clinics across London at different locations. Appointments run most days of the week at a range of times, so you should be able to book in at a time that suits their schedule. For more information or to book a consultation, contact us by clicking here.