Information for Healthcare Workers

Find useful resources and information that could help you to provide care for people with Parkinson’s.

You can also view our blog Insight PD. Providing monthly bitesize Parkinson’s related information for health professionals.

Emergency / Urgent Admissions resources

It's vital not to delay the giving of Parkinson’s drugs.

Even in a very busy department, you must not simply refer to the medical team to sort out a patient with Parkinson's medication later, particularly as you know they are likely to take some time. Any additional delay to the patient receiving their medication risks rapid further deterioration and life threatening complications such as Parkinsonism-hyperpyrexia syndrome (PHS) or neuroleptic-like malignant syndrome, aspiration pneumonia and pressure ulcers.


Useful resources for inpatient admissions

Emergency management of patients with Parkinson’s

Guidance on how to manage patients with Parkinson's in an emergency situation. Professionals who don’t see people with Parkinson's day-to-day may find this especially useful. Download Emergency management of patients with Parkinson's guide

Caring for your patient with Parkinson's booklet

This booklet is for hospital staff. It tells you everything you need to know about Parkinson's, and how to provide the highest quality care for your patients. Download the caring for your patient with Parkinson's booklet

Time critical medication

Parkinson's medications are time-critical  and must be given within 30 mins of prescribed time to ensure your patient’s symptoms are controlled and avoid unnecessary harm and distress for your patient.

Read a Q&A: the importance of getting Parkinson's medication on time

Parkinson's Care Plan

We've developed a care plan for the MDT to help manage patients with Parkinson's during their hospital inpatient stay.  Read our Parkinson's inpatient care plan .pdf [pdf] 173KB

Blood pressure and pulse

It is important you complete a Lying and Standing BP when able and monitor for neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (nOH)

Monitor and manage constipation

Swallowing difficulties

Guidance to help you ensure your patients with Parkinson’s Disease are able to get the most from their medicines if they develop swallowing difficulties.

Read Parkinson’s disease medicines in swallowing difficulties

Optimally medicated

The OPTIMAL Calculator has been developed for clinical staff to ensure people with Parkinson’s are optimally medicated in the event they are unable to safely swallow their regular oral Parkinson’s medications

View the guideline and OPTIMAL Calculator

Find further information relating to Parkinson's medications.

Atypical Parkinsonian Syndromes (MSA/PSP/CBD/DLB)

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