Transition to care with an adult neurologist can be a challenging time. It is important to discuss with your neurologist whether you are ready for this transition. In some situations, this can occur at the age of 18, however in many cases, we delay transition until the age of 20 or 21, in order to provide continued support during the start of college or a job. Transition to adult care may also depend on your insurance coverage or location.
- Discuss with your neurologist the right time for transition to adult care
- Start planning at least one year in advance
- Some neurologists including Dr. Chitnis see both children and adults, in different clinic settings.
- Young adults should become familiar with making appointments and start to take ownership in this process
- Young adults should become familiar with ordering and renewing their medications and start to take ownership in this process
- There are different support systems in adult clinics – it is important to consider the type of ongoing support needed
There are several MS/neuroimmunology specialists who care for transition patients at the BWH:
To register at BWH:
- PLEASE CALL TOLL FREE 1-866-489-4056 to obtain a Brigham Medical Record Number.
- Please call 617-525-6550 to schedule an appointment at the Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital with either Dr. Tanuja Chitnis or Dr. Shamik Bhattacharrya. Please mention that you are an MGH transition patient.
We would suggest doing this before your official transition appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children so that your electronic medical record is ready to be exported to the Brigham Hospital prior to your first adult appointment.