Dr Nicholas Silver

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Written by a NHS patient at Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery
8th August 2021


Dr Silver is a very intelligent, knowledgable and experienced man. I was referred to him by my GP for the regional headache service he runs up at the Walton centre. He was very supportive in writing medical letters on my behalf towards my attending a disability hearing tribunal, which I will be forever grateful to him for. Thanks to his letters I was successful in my hearing and am now recognised as being disabled by my condition. I highly recommend this dr to anyone suffering from a neurological or unexplained medical problem. I'm so grateful for his continued knowledge and study of the brain and in trying to help migraine patients like me who feel so ignored and stigmatised by other dr and the public in general.

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Written by a NHS patient at Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery
8th August 2021


The nursing staff and general staff were very welcoming at this hospital. Dr. Silver is undoubtedly a very clever, experienced man and knowledgable in his field. However, he kept me waiting at every consultation,( once for over two hours without any explanation or apology). At each meeting, I felt physically rushed and pressurised, feeling sad, angry and frustrated at not being given the time and space to simply communicate openly with him. He often was rude, impatient and would talk over me. I wasn't allowed to ask questions about my condition or any given treatment. If patients are to build trust in their dr they need to be given the time and space to converse with them. If he asked a question, I had to answer immediately and this was impossible given I was so in so much pain. The emotional and psychological stress of not being able to converse with him as my dr, worsened my overall condition rather than going towards trying to make me better. Also, one off yearly appointments for someone with unremitting, debilitating migraines, in a state of constant status migrainousis and feeling suacidal almost daily, is not enough. Dr should be contactable between appointments if their treatments aren't physically working. I did not report these frustrations and failures in my patient care at the time to the hospital, for fear of it affecting my overall care. But I'm just so sad to think that with so much experience this dr lacks,(or has forgotten), the simple healing powers of compassion and understanding needed to be shown towards his patients. I really hope going forward he can learn from his mistakes, retain some humility and humanity, by giving patients simply more time and space and a kinder approach and then he could be the better Dr for it. Experience isn't helpful to patients without empathy attached. Kindness towards patients who are genuinely ill and in distress is as important,(if not more so), than clinical knowledge. I hope Dr Silver can become a better dr in future by taking these comments on board.

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Written by a NHS patient at Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery
2nd July 2021


Dr Silver is the best neurologist I have ever seen. I was unhappy with my previous consultant as he did not listen to me so I swapped to Dr Silvers care. He was absolutely fantastic. He listened to me and the many, many questions that I had. He was the first consultant to suggest I could try the Cefaly. Although I am in the early stages of using this it has transformed my life. I have no idea why it was not suggested by another consultant. You can just tell that when you speak to him he has years and years of experience and genuinely cares. He also reassured you that the symptoms you have are normal. I can’t thank him enough and would recommend everyone to see him! Thanks Dr Silver!!!!!

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Written by a NHS patient at Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery
20th May 2021


I started to see dr silver many years ago at first I found him quiet rude and arrogant but as you get to no him he’s fantastic very thorough with all his questions etc. Never been a problem seeing him it’s just lately I’m really struggling with pain and waiting for new medication isn’t helping my condition at all.

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10th December 2020


Firstly, I found most of the staff really polite and friendly. Always happy to help, direct you, porters will smile and chat to you, crack a joke to cheer you up. The hospital has a good atmosphere and is usually very clean. Smokers out front are off-putting. As is the high parking charges (even for blue badge holders). Was put under Neurologist Dr S (that relates to a metal). To give him credit, he knew a lot about headaches and was knowledgable about his area. But over following appointments, I did feel he could be a bit arrogant, rushed me, was impatient, talked over me, was a bit abrupt and rude. I found it hard to get a word in, and if he asks you a question, he wants the answer within a second. So I used to get flustered and even answer wrong because of being flustered. I put some of this down to NHS time pressures, but from a patient's perspective, it feels horrible, stressful and mistakes are made (from both sides). He wanted to re diagnose conditions in other parts of my body, but he wasn't right (and other doctors didn't agree with him. Though his neurology diagnosis was correct). This again was down to him rushing me and not giving me time to think through my answers. Felt it was a bit his way or the highway, even if treatment wasn't working (didn't get this, as it's not a personal criticism if something doesn't work, every human body is complex and reacts unpredictably). Felt I was not allowed an input/suggestion on my own care and body. Got to the point I didn't want to speak up. Some patients I spoke to had similar experiences. He wanted me to come off other tablets (which would leave me stuck in bed with other illnesses I have). Even my GP thought this suggestion was not sensible. People need treating as a whole and a balanced approach should be taken. It can't be 'lets treat his specialism at a cost of all the others.' Even if my tablets make my headaches a bit worse, if they successfully treat an illness, it's one of those things. I know patients get too worried to say something about negative experiences as they feel intimidated and worry their care will suffer if they report (I know of 5 other patients of his where he came across the same). Patients told me other Neurologists under the headache team, are easier to work with and talk too. I used to feel depressed when I spoke to him because I felt I personally was the failure for his treatments not working (so not worthy of his time), and this really isn't good enough (I have never been treated like this before by a Neurologist, they were unfailingly supportive and don't blame me, and keep trialling different things, and they didn't take it personally). From memory of other improvements needed, patients need regular appointments (4-6 months, and for a Neurologist to be contactable in between if a treatment doesn't work), and patients should not be left for indefinite lengths of times with treatments that don't work! Patients also must not be told to come off other treatment for other (incurable) illnesses, or he won't treat you! No Neurologist has ever ever ever suggested this, or anything like to me before. They just work around it! If he can't make allowances for someone with other health problems, then people like this, should be referred to a Neurologist that is able to work around this and treat a patient as a whole (which is more usual). I do think Dr S is a very clever man, and needs more time with each patient. I think this might iron out some of the things I experienced. What I also remember is he needs to ask the patient what do they think would work (if they know?). What medications (past and present) worked well, and be open to trialling them together (if suitable). Patients know their body best. I am happy to report that I am now under a different Neurologist, in a different hospital, and my treatment is back under control, and more successful (he asked me for my opinions and what treatments had worked best and we took it from there.... and it's working well so far!). I have more regular appointments and can talk to my Neurologist without feeling beneath him. I hope the customer care team can look into the points I raised to improve your patient care.

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