COVID-19 restrictions to remain in place at The Walton Centre

Restrictions remain in place across the NHS in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety measures in place over the 18 months therefore remain in place at The Walton Centre - and in our other clinic settings within the community – until further notice.

Due to the increased transmission risk posed by the Omicron variant, visiting has been suspended within The Walton Centre except for exceptional circumstances.

Consultant Advice Line

What is the service?

The neurology Consultant Advice Line (CAL) is a telephone ‘advice and guidance’ service provided by The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. The line has been expanded as part of the Neuro Network. The Neuro Network is a collaboration of NHS partners, carer and patient groups working together to improve neurology services.

  • The aim is to offer advice and guidance on any neurological queries including:
  • Diagnosis of patients presenting with new neurological symptoms.
  • Advice on whether a referral to outpatients or urgent local admission is required (and if so on the most appropriate location), or whether the patient can be managed within primary care with advice only.
  • Advice on management of patients with a known long term neurological condition (eg epilepsy, MS) who are experiencing a recent change in their condition.

Who is the service for?

The Consultant Advice Line service is to support GPs in their practice and help guide and support them when considering whether to refer patients to The Walton Centre for further neurology investigation or treatment.

What is the criteria to use the service?

The service is primarily for all GPs in the Cheshire and Merseyside catchment area.

What happens when you call the service?

The advice line is for GPs only and is available Monday-Friday between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Upon calling, GPs will speak directly to a consultant neurologist.

What the Consultant Advice Line does not do:

  • Advise on any other area of medicine other than neurology
  • Provide emergency advice
  • Diagnose patients

Contact the Consultant Advice Line

Tel: 07860 481429

Page last updated: 02 September 2021