Mr Erlick Pereira
17th February 2021
I first met with Dr Erlick Pereira by zoom consultancy in October 2020, having been referred to him by Dr Richard Walsh, Consultant Neurologist, and team leader in DBS at the DNI (Dublin Neurological Institute), Mater Hospital, 57 Eccles Street, Dublin 7.
I would like to add in here, that I am from Ireland and as yet, the DBS operation has not been undertaken in the Republic of Ireland and so all Parkinson patients wishing to have the DBS operation, have to travel to England for the procedure.
Dr Pereira explained the whole DBS procedure to us, which included possible negatives (these were in very small percentages). As I had decided I wanted to go for the DBS procedure, and had already fulfilled all the necessary criteria (in Dublin) Dr Pereira said he could do the procedure (operation) in The London Clinic (20 Devonshire Place) London on Wednesday 11th November 2020.
My husband and I travelled to London in late October as we had to ‘isolate’ there for two weeks before the operation. A few days prior to the operation on 11th November, we taxied in to the London Clinic for our first visit and we were tested for Covet and I underwent all the scans requested by Dr Pereira.
As per arrangement, I arrived at the London Clinic on Wednesday 11th November and was booked in. Dr Pereira met with us both in my room before the operation, introduced us to the anaesthetist Dr Tan, explained his time schedule to us and said he would come and speak with my husband immediately after the operation. I was scheduled for four nights stay in the Clinic to include one night in ICU.
Commencing around 3.30, the operation took about four hours and then I was held in the ICU unit for the night, where, I received the most excellent of care from the staff there. The nursing staff in this section deserve the highest praise for their total commitment to the care of people who are vulnerable and was so very impressed with it.
True to his word, Dr Pereira visited my husband just after the operation and said all had gone very well and he was happy with the outcome. We met with him a few more times before I was discharged from the Clinic. He was very thorough in his profession, a highly accomplished neurosurgeon with a lot of experience in his career to date and yet his personality was friendly and unassuming. I was pleased when he agreed to have his photo taken with me. When programming is complete, I look forward to an improved quality of life and again my sincere thanks to Dr Pereira and his team at the London Clinic.