Screening swallowing problems in Parkinson’s: nurse in charge and ward staff guide

A guide to support the nurse in charge and ward staff in implementing time critical Parkinson’s medication management.

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  • Inpatient care and medicines management
Resource type
  • Publications
  • Nurse (other)
  • Complex

What is this guide?

Some people with Parkinson’s may find they have problems with eating, swallowing and controlling their saliva. Symptoms may be exacerbated by medications not being given on time.


People with Parkinson’s must have their ability to swallow medication considered at the earliest opportunity to ensure they continue to receive their medications on time. 


Use this guide to ensure your hospital or healthcare setting has systems in place to avoid harm to patients. 


Who is it for?

This guide is for the nurse in charge and ward staff.


How was the factsheet developed?

This draft guide has been developed by healthcare professionals in the Parkinson’s Excellence Network.