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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

What is MS?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).  In MS the coating that protects the nerves (myelin) is damaged.  Messages will then not pass along the nerves as efficiently as they used to.  MS can cause a variety of symptoms that affect people in different ways.

Some of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis include:

  • eye problems
  • numbness or tingling feelings like pins and needles
  • fatigue
  • pain 

MS symptoms can come and go and change over time.  They can be mild, or more severe.  You can get MS symptoms in many parts of your body, and everyone’s MS is different. 

The Multiple Sclerosis service

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) team provides assessment, advice and information for people with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. The team consists of consultant neurologists, specialist nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and neuro psychologists.

Clinics are held at York, Selby, Bridlington and Scarborough hospitals.

The MS service is supported by inpatient, infusion day unit, and diagnostic radiology and neurophysiology services.

MS specialist nurses

The MS specialist nurses provide continuing support, advice, information from diagnosis onwards.  The MS nurse is usually the main point of contact for someone with MS.  The nurses will provide advice on:

  • Disease modifying treatments (DMT’s)
  • Fatigue management
  • Managing relapses and symptoms
  • Pregnancy
  • Work and employment
  • Lifestyle issues
  • Rehabilitation services

Contact us

  • MS nurses at York Hospital: call 01904 725748 or email
  • MS nurse based at Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals: 01723 385297
  • Appointments and Neurology reception York Hospital: 01904 725741

Neurology treatment and clinical admin coordinator

Provides comprehensive disease modifying treatment administrative coordination and support to the MS team.  If you are experiencing problems regarding prescriptions and delivery of your disease modifying medication then please contact the coordinator to help you with this.  Contact: 01904 725744

Useful links

Click here to see our page of useful websites, apps and exercise resources.

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