13.3.2017 Concerns raised about Access to Neurology Services in UK

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A report launched in the UK this week raised serious concerns about access to neurology services

The report from the Association of British Neurologists (ABN) shows that one in five UK hospitals have access to neurologists on 3 or fewer days per week.

This is the 2nd survey from the ABN into acute neurological services (first survey published in December 2014). It shows that the likelihood of a patient with a neurological problem being seen by a neurologist continues to vary dramatically depending on where they are admitted:

• 20% of hospitals surveyed had access to a neurologist on 3 days or fewer/week.

• Six hospitals had no acute neurology service at all.

• 93% of neuroscience centres provided a 7 day ward consultation service

• 26% of district general hospitals provided a ward consultation service on 3 or fewer days per week.

• 89% of neuroscience centres have access to 24/7 MRI, 72% of district general hospitals do not.

The report is available to download here

How do Irish Services Compare?

The NAI raised concerns about underresourcing of Irish neurology services, following the publication of its national survey of neurology services in 2016.

This survey found significant deficits in staffing across neurology centres and long waiting times for access to MRI.

You can download the summary report from this survey here

The model of care for neurology services, published in 2016, highlights the hospitals where there is limited or no neurology service with particular gaps in the Midlands and North East.


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