‘Some patients’ families were in tears when they heard about this service’: Brand new at-home care for mobility disorders in western Sydney

Kim (patient’s wife), Trevor (long-term patient of Westmead Hospital’s Parkinson’s Clinic and first patient of the Movement Disorders Nurse Practitioner Service), David Tsui (Movement Disorders Nurse Practitioner)

WSLHD has created a new community-based Outreach Nurse Practitioner role to help meet the needs of people living with movement disorders.

What distinguishes this service is its capacity to provide care for people living with a movement disorder in the comfort of their own home. 

The Nurse Practitioner: Movement Disorders can provide care in any setting, including residential aged care facilities, patients’ homes, hospital clinics, and community health centres, both within the hospital as well as through Telehealth. 

This position in WSLHD has been filled by David Tsui, who has worked as the Clinical Nurse Consultant at Westmead Hospital’s Movement Disorders Unit for the past 10 years.

“Just like Trevor (pictured), many of our patients are often elderly and have mobility issues,” David said.

“It is so difficult for them to travel to clinics to access expert care.

“This new service allows patients, like Trevor, to receive quality care at the comfort of their homes.

“Some patients’ families were in tears when they heard about such a service.”

For Juanita Taylor, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Integrated and Community Health (ICH), this is a great opportunity to better engage with and assist the western Sydney community.

David Tsui and Juanita Taylor (Director of Nursing and Midwifery Integrated & Community Health)

“This is a new and exciting innovation of the growing services within Integrated and Community Health,” Juanita Taylor said.

“We are excited to incorporate the increasing number of Nurse Practitioners into ICH as they play a major role providing expert care in the community.”