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 ward teams

emergency This guide tells you how to manage someone with Parkinson's in an emergency situation. It will be particularly useful for professionals who don’t see people with Parkinson's day-to-day. looking after your patient This Parkinson's UK booklet is for ward staff who need to understand the specific needs of people with Parkinson's.
get it on time 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.
Parkinson's patient care plan

Click this link to download our care plan we've developed for the MDT to help manage patient's with Parkinson's during their hospital inpatient stay. 

 Parkinson's Care Plan.pdf [pdf] 200KB

blood pressure

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

Lying and Standing chart BP.pdf [pdf] 2MB

UHP stool chart

Ensure a stool chart is in place and in use. Monitor and manage constipation.

UHP Stool Chart - September 2019.pdf [pdf] 720KB



Parkinson's Medications 

Specialist Pharmacy Service

Parkinson’s disease medicines formulations for adults with 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
drugs for Parkinson's OPTIMAL 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

Drug Treatments Poster.pdf [pdf] 3MB

drugs for Parkinson's poster


Other useful inpatient management plans for people with Parkinson's 

happy doc and patient

PST-005 Inpatient Delirium, Confusion and Psychosis.pdf [pdf] 428KB

PST-006 Inpatient Constipation information sheet.pdf [pdf] 425KB

PST-007 Inpatient Falls information sheet.pdf [pdf] 429KB

PST-008 Inpatient Pneumonia information sheet.pdf [pdf] 419KB





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