Phone: 01234 325781
MS Specialist Nurse
Emma Matthews is the Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Nurse Specialists at the Beds & Northants MS Therapy Centre in Bedford. She is here to help you with every aspect of managing your MS.
We work in partnership with Miranda Olding, Community MS Specialist Nurse in Bedfordshire. If you would like to be referred to Miranda under the NHS, you can refer yourself by phoning 0345 6024064.
Miranda can see anyone who has a Bedfordshire GP and is not under any other MS Nurse service (eg for disease modifying therapies). NB if you have already given your contact details to Miranda, please still call this number to be added to the list 0345 6024064. Miranda will be making telephone appointments currently.
Emma is working on Thursdays at the MS Therapy Centre.
We offer a holistic approach in providing care, advice and support to patients with MS, their families and healthcare professional involved in MS care.
* Understanding and getting your head around the initial diagnosis
* Learning about all the measures you can take to help stay well with MS
* Handling acute relapses
* Liaising with your GP and neurology team to get the appropriate medications and disease modifying treatments
* Understanding different treatments and trials that become available
* Managing both simple and complex symptoms and disabilities that may arise from the condition.
Both of us are national award winners. Emma received a Queen’s Nurse award for outstanding commitment and high standards of practice and patient care to people with MS and also received the MS Society’s Professional of the Year 2016.
Miranda, for her stress busting work, and also the patient-voted MS Trust award ‘My Super Nurse’ in 2013.
Both of us have contributed nationally and internationally at conferences, such as MS Life, MS Trust, RIMS, CMSC in America providing posters and talks on innovative practice such as APS therapy and bowel management.
The Role of the MS Specialist Nurse
At the MS Therapy Centre, we are lucky enough to be working alongside our physiotherapy colleagues and other colleagues offering varying types of complementary therapy. We also integrate certain holistic practices into our nursing care, and therefore we are able to offer additional approaches to support a healthy lifestyle, and various tools and techniques to enhance resilience to stress, fatigue, mood and pain management.
Monitor & Manage
Regular assessment and identification of ongoing needs.
To manage and support people using Disease Modifying Treatment and the co-ordination of care and services for people with MS.
Provide a local contact for people with MS for advice and information at time of diagnosis and during progression, benefits, health promotion and carer support.
Act as a contact for MS advice and referrals to relevant professionals and services.
Urgent support for new diagnosis and for those in relapse/crisis situations.
A service to meet, manage and assist the needs of people with MS and their family.
Provide a sensitive but thorough assessment to people with MS.
Record, monitor and treat identified needs including Disease Modifying.
Provide and act as a resource for information, advice and support to healthcare professionals, people with MS and their family.
Registered Charity Number: 802510
Bradbury House, 155 Barkers Lane, Bedford, MK41 9RX.
The Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire MS Therapy Centre aims to provide the therapies, services & support needed for people with multiple sclerosis.