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FAQs

Q: I would like to book an appointment at CPNI – how should I do it?
A: You can book an appointment to see a Paediatric Neurologist, or to schedule an EEG exam by calling 22458855, during our office hours (Monday and Tuesday from 8 am until 4 pm, Wednesday from 8 am until 7 pm, and Thursday and Friday from 8 am until 2:30 pm). You can either book a private appointment or, if eligible, a “government appointment” that is an appointment whose cost is covered by the Cyprus National Health System. You will be offered the earliest appointment possible, which allows enough office time to adequately assess and treat the problem.

If you are coming for an appointment for the first time, it is important to bring with you all previously medical exams your child had undergone. If your child is referred by another doctor or therapist, it is required that you bring with you or send the referral letter to us before your appointment.

Q: I am eligible for care through the National Health Service – how can I book a government appointment?
A: CPNI is in a position to offer inpatient and outpatients child neurology services through a contract held between the specialist Paediatric Neurologists and the Ministry of Health of Cyprus to patients entitled to National Health Service care through the Cyprus Government.

Appointments for Government-card holders are scheduled during government-hospital working hours; private and Category B-card holders have the option of booking appointments on Wednesday afternoons (16:00-19:00) as well.

Q: My child needs an EEG study – how can I get it?

A: If your child needs an EEG study you can call us at 22458855, during our office hours (Monday and Tuesday from 8 am until 4 pm, Wednesday from 8 am until 7 pm, and Thursday and Friday from 8 am until 2:30 pm) and schedule an appointment at our Neurophysiology Lab. It is also important to speak with the Neurophysiology Technician in charge before your appointment, in order to adequately prepare for the exam.

Q: My child is in the hospital – how can I get a neurological opinion?

A:The Paediatric neurologists at the CPNI maintain a close collaboration with hospitals all around Cyprus. If your child is hospitalized, a Paediatric neurologist will be contacted through the hospitals' on-call serviceand immediately become informed about your child’s' case. A paediatric neurologist will visit your child as soon as possible.

Q: I have a neurological emergency – how can I talk/contact my doctor after hours?
A: If you have an emergency you can call the Cyprus Paediatric Neurology Institute at 22458855 during office hours to speak directly with a doctor, or after hours to listen to a pre-recorded message of an emergency number. In case you would like to schedule an appointment in urgent, you would have to obtain a referral letter from your child’s primary care physician. Please note, that Paediatric Neurologists are not your child's primary care physicians. In case of an emergency, you are advised to contact your paediatrician or to visit the emergency room.

Q: My child has a disability. What benefits is he/she entitled to?

A: If your child has a disability he/she may be entitled to certain benefits, such as Special Education, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy etc. At CPNI we are happy to provide you with a written medical evaluation of your child, which can be later used for obtaining various benefits. We also maintain a close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Services, and with the Ministry of Education.

Facts and Fiction about Neurological Disorders:
Q: What is a neurological disorder?
A: Neurological disorders are a group of disorders that involve the central nervous system (brain, brainstem and cerebellum), the peripheral nervous system (including cranial nerves), and the autonomic nervous system (parts of which are located in both central and peripheral nervous system). The central nervous system along with the peripheral nervous system, comprise a primary division of controls that command all physical activities of a vertebrate. Neurons of the central nervous system affect consciousness and mental activity while spinal extensions of central nervous system neuron pathways affect skeletal muscles and organs in the body.

Q: What causes a neurological disorder?
A: There are different neurological disorders which can be caused by various reasons. A neurological disorder can be hereditary or caused by a lack of oxygen in the brain, chromosomal anomalies, exposure to toxic substances, complications of labor and delivery, prematurity, very low birth weight, viruses, infection, chemical/substance abuse during pregnancy, bleeding in the brain and trauma. Many neurological disorders are of unknown cause.

Q: What kinds of problems occur with neurological disorders?
A: A range of problems may be caused by a neurological disorder, depending on the part of the nervous system affected and on the severity of the situation. Most common symptoms caused by neurological disorders can include epileptic fits, the slow loss of coordination, balance, or ability to speak clearly. Often symptoms start with a mild and intermittent twitching or numbness in one extremity. Other symptoms may include tremors, rigid muscles, slowed motion, difficulty swallowing, loss of automatic movements such as blinking, swinging the arms, and unconscious acts, or even dementia.

Q: How is a neurological disorder treated/cured?

A: Treatment options vary greatly depending on the neurological disorder. Unfortunately, for most neurological disorders there is no known cure. Nevertheless, in most cases, a combination of medical treatment and other life-style changes can cause significant improvement. In addition, the symptoms of some conditions such as ADHD or epilepsy, may improve substantially, or even vanish as the child gets older. On the other hand, some neurological disorders are chronic, and may become more difficult to treat as they progress. Physical therapy to retain as much physical dexterity as possible is nearly always prescribed. In other cases, combinations of Speech therapy, Special Education or Behavior therapy may contribute to a positive outcome.

  • Collaborations

    Collaborations
    Cyprus institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) and the Ministry of Health /Makarios Hospital.

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