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Neurology is the branch of medicine concerned with the investigation and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. These disorders include epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, dystonia, motor neurone disease, stroke and more common disorders requiring specialist assessment such as headache and dizziness.


Neurology is the branch of medicine concerned with the investigation and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, motor neurone disease, stroke and other disorders requiring specialist assessment such as headache and dizziness.

The Department of Neurology provides clinics in:

  • General neurology
  • Epilepsy with no specialist nurse
  • Neurophysiology
  • Multiple Sclerosis service (including specialist nurse
  • Stroke and transient ischaemic attacks
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Motor neurone disease (MND)
  • Botulinum toxin therapy for spasticity, dystonia, drooling and migraine
  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Movement Disorders – including nurse led Parkinson’s Disease clinics.

Clinics are held in Elmwood Day Unit in Harrogate hospital and also for PD specialist nurse at Ripon Community Hospital.

The Neurology inpatient service (except hyper acute stroke) is based on Oakdale Ward. Patients requiring specialist neurological rehabilitation may be transferred or directly admitted to Rowan Ward (Neurorehabilitation Unit within Harrogate hospital).


The specialist Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis nurses work collaboratively with the Consultant Neurologists and patients’ GPs, linking in with the wider multidisciplinary neurology team, which consists of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and dietitians. They aim to provide an easily accessible service providing high quality multidisciplinary care for patients and their family.


The Department is located on the second floor, Strayside Wing, Harrogate District Hospital.


Patients are usually referred by their GP. We regret that we are unable to accept self-referrals.

Key staff

Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine: Dr K Sansam

Dr R Buccoliero (Departmental Lead) – Consultant Neurologist ( Specialist Interest in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders)

Dr K Sansam – Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr R Davey (Clinical Lead) – Consultant Neurologist (Specialist interest in Stroke/Headache and Motor Neuron disease)  

Dr Al Samak – Speciality Doctor in Neurology

Dr C Fisher – Consultant Neurophysiologist (based in St James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough)

Dr O Lily – Consultant Neurologist (Multiple Sclerosis specialist)-based at Leeds General Infirmary

Angela Horner – Parkinson’s Disease Specialist Nurse

Angela O’Connor – Parkinson’s Disease Specialist Nurse

Sarah Ryder – Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurse

Useful links

Parkinson’s UK aims to find a cure for Parkinson’s. Using this website, you can find local support groups and download useful leaflets and publications

MS Society provides support for those suffering from MS and invests in research to help find a cure.

Motor Neurone Disease Society is a supportive resource for those suffering from MND and their carers.

Epilepsy Society provides useful information about epilepsy and an opportunity for people to get involved with the cause.

Stroke Association funds research and provides support to those who have suffered a stroke.

Patient Leaflets