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    Hi everyone..

    I'm not sure if I'm in the right section, but I'm hoping you'd be able to help me..

    I'm in need to find a neurologist (in Brisbane). Long story cut short, my dh had a couple of episode where he felt like he was almost dozing off while he was driving. His GP then told him not to drive until he got a couple of tests done and seen by a neurologist.

    All the scans came up clear. But his GP still won't clear him to drive until he is seen and cleared by a neurologist. God knows when he get to see one, because the last time he checked the hospital will need to categorise the cases first and then make appointments based on the priority.

    Does he has to have a referral to see a neurologist? Does it has to be done through a hospital? Does a neurologist have their own practise like medical clinic ? We'll pay if we have to, all we want is a clearance to drive..

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    Ur Gp should give you a referral to a specialist neurologist... To get a clearance to drive I assume your DH will need to undergo testing to make sure he doesn't have a form of epilepsy.. there are many forms of it .. If you are in Brisbane , there are a lot of specialists on wickham terrace.. Im not sure why you are talking about the hospital? I have always seen specialists privately and paid of them and then got some back from medicare and if surgery has been required then the specialist arranges by putting you on the public waiting list.. I would make another appointment with the GP and ask for a referral to a neurologist and then go from there.. I know my step dad had to have a CT scan and an MRI to rule out epilepsy so I would say your DH will need these.... Good luck

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    I second Louise41. Also does DH snore? Consider a sleep study - sleep apnoea can lead to severe daytime sleepiness including while driving.

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    Yes you'll need a referral for a neurologist. Be prepared for a wait though. I think my neuro is booking appointments for new patients in July now. When I first had to go, I did a ring around of a few (from a list my GP gave me), found the one with the shortest wait time (he had a cancellation) and then got the referral from my GP.

    I've actually seen two - the first is on Wickham Tce and my current one practices out of Greenslopes Private.

    I suspect that the wait for public consultations would be quite long too.


 

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