The Betjeman Centre is part of the Department of Medicine for
the Elderly. We are a small, friendly department located on the
ground floor of the Great Western Hospital, at the North
We run specialist medical clinics in Movement Disorder
(including Parkinson's Disease), Stroke and TIA (Transient
Ischaemic Attack) and Falls. Each of these clinics is led by a
Consultant expert in these areas. We also run General Medical
clinics. You may have been referred by your GP or from another area
in the hospital. Although we predominantly see older people we also
see adults of all ages, in any of our clinics.
To complement your care in our specialist clinics you may be
invited to return for further assessments with nursing and/or
therapy teams. At all times the team is available to answer your
questions and listen to your concerns. We have an extensive range
of information and have recently updated our main waiting room to
improve the way we make our information available. We also have a
dedicated area for information about caring.
We offer a broad spectrum service from a friendly, professional
team that specialise in many areas of Care of the Elderly medicine.
We are easily accessible and work within comfortable modern
surroundings which enables us to meet most of your needs in one
location. We aim to make each visit as stress-free as possible.
On arrival in clinic you will be greeted and booked in by the
reception team at the desk who will direct you to your waiting
area. While you are waiting for your consultation a member of the
nursing team will weigh you and take your blood pressure. You will
be informed of the name of the clinician you are seeing, which
clinic room you will be seen in and approximately how long your
After your consultation you may have further diagnostic tests,
some of which can be done within the department at that time. We
may need to arrange further appointments for specific tests within
our department or another department within the hospital. You may
have another appointment with the clinician at a later date or you
may simply be discharged back to the care of your GP. Any
future appointments to see your clinician will be sent to you in
The team has close links with various support networks both
within the hospital and the wider community.
A letter will be sent to you following your consultation to
confirm what was discussed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical Lead - Dr Debbie Finch
Consultants - Dr Debesh Mukherjee, Dr Rao
Attoti, Dr Anil Ipe
Associate Specialist - Dr Sarah Woods
The team is supported by Specialist Registrars and Senior House
Officers and a team of medical secretaries.
The therapy team includes Physiotherapists and Occupational
Therapists supported by Rehabilitation Assistants specifically
trained to meet the requirements of our clientele, undertaking one
to one, group and home visit assessments, treatments and
The small, professional nursing team have specialist interests
in falls prevention and balance problems, stroke and TIAs
(Transient Ischaemic Attacks), movement disorders including
Parkinson's Disease, continence, support for carers and
We have a dedicated reception/administration team skilled in
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