Who you see, and how often, depends on how active your MS is, what symptoms you are experiencing, what treatments are available and the way that the local MS service works. Also, your own preferences should be taken into account, where possible.

Because of the wide range of possible symptoms that can be experienced in multiple sclerosis, a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of specialist health professionals may support you to manage your MS. Some health professionals are based at MS specialist centres which are usually larger hospitals supporting people with MS from a wide region. Other health professionals may be based in local hospitals or may travel there from the specialist centre, perhaps once a week, to run an MS clinic. Some services are community-based so they may be associated with a GP practice or another local centre. Consequently, you may find yourself going to different places to see different members of your MS team.

You will probably see some health professionals who specialise in MS, like an MS nurse, and possibly some who specialise in a particular treatment, like physiotherapy. You should see your neurologist for a review periodically and may contact your GP from time to time.

The NICE MS guideline recommends that people with MS have an annual review with a healthcare professional with expertise in MS. This will usually be with your neurologist or MS nurse. If you haven’t had a review recently, you should ask your MS nurse if one can be arranged or ask your GP to refer you if you have been out of the system for a while.

You may see any of the following health professionals about your MS, depending on your particular symptoms, but most people with MS will not see all of them.

MS nurse

Neurologist 

Physiotherapist   

Occupational therapist    

Continence advisor  

Speech and language therapist   

Dietician              

Psychologist/neuropsychologist 

Rehabilitation team    

Pharmacist         

Urologist             

You can find your local MS services in the Map of MS services. The NHS constitution sets out what rights and choices you have within the NHS.

Last updated: 13 August 2014
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