By coincidence my appointment for neuropsychological assessment for DBS landed on the doormat this morning. the appointment is approx 5 weeks time at the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, (JRH).
I'll tell you the possibly relevant bits of what my letter says. Appointment will last approx 3 to 4 hours, with breaks. I've got to take glasses for reading. I've got to take a friend or relative with me that knows me well because they will want to speak to them too. The appointment will be split in two, 30 to 45 minutes for part one, then part two takes up the remaining time. The tests will include a range of verbal and visual tasks. The discussion part of the appointment will cover different aspects of thinking, mood and behaviour, as well as my education, work background, support network and medical history.
The psychologist will also ask about my expectations for the operation and what difference I expect it will make to my symptoms.
The letter also points out that this assessment is only part of the overall assessment process and completing it does not instantly mean DBS surgery might or might not be coming your way. This is the process at the JRH, others may well be different of course.
A friend of mine had DBS surgery just over a year ago at Queens Square, and he spoke very highly of all aspects of the people and the processes there, he was back working after barely a few weeks!
What we must not lose sight of is the fact that everybody who has PD are all different, lifestyles, symptoms, age, medications, general health, approach and expectations to name but a few of the variations on this huge theme......
Hope this helps.
Best wishes, Tractorman.