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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

How can Multiple Sclerosis Service help?

The Multiple Sclerosis service is part of the County Durham & Darlington Community Health Services specialist services directorate. Our team currently consists of a multiple sclerosis specialist nurse with secretarial support. The multiple sclerosis specialist nurse is a registered nurse who has undertaken further training and is regulated by the national regulatory body, The Nursing Midwifery Council. 

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system.   It is the most common disabling neurological disease among young adults and affects around 100,000 people in the UK.  It is most often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, and women are almost twice as likely to develop it as men. It is a life long disease and though its cause is not known and a cure has yet to be developed, research continues.

How can Multiple Sclerosis service help?

The Multiple Sclerosis service works with individuals who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their families and carers; to maintain their independence and quality of life. The service works as part of a wider partnership with individuals, families, carers and other health and social care colleagues to promote positive outcomes and self management. Multiple Sclerosis a complex disease and can present with difficulties including:

  • Communication
  • Mental Health
  • Fatigue
  • Mobility
  • Pain
  • Spasticity
  • Tremor
  • Visual problems
  • Continence problems
  • Employment problems

To find out what support, help and information are available for you and your family please click on the links below for more information.

MS Trust website
MS Society Website
MS Research and Relief Fund.

Service Information

Where is the service provided from?

The Multiple Sclerosis service is based at Henson Close in Bishop Auckland and is available to patients living in  the Durham Dales locality.

When is the service provided?

The regular hours are Monday to Friday, 9 till 5 but early morning and evening, are available if the core working day is not suitable.

How do people access the service?
The service accepts referrals from any source, the referral criteria are
1.    A confirmed diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
2.    Have a General Practitioner located within the Durham Dales locality.
3.    Attend the neurological day at the Richardson community hospital.

Multiple Sclerosis Service Personnel

Multiple Sclerosis specialist nurse
Shared secretary

Contact Details

Telephone: 01388 452264
Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurse,
County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services,
Henson Close, South Church Enterprise Park, Bishop Auckland,
County Durham.
DL14 6WA

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital