Statement on neurology services at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Statement on neurology services at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
10 August 2017

Nationally, there is a known shortage of consultant neurologists and as a smaller district general hospital, we have been challenged, like others, in recruiting on a permanent basis to this specialist service in order to sustain it for the longer term.

As part of our absolute commitment to safe, effective and high quality care, we have made a decision to cease accepting new patients to this service and to find a robust and timely solution to reviewing our list of follow-up patients, so that their ongoing care can be prioritised.

We have appointed an interim consultant on a full time basis to systematically review every follow up and ensure patients are safely monitored.

This work is being monitored at the highest level within our organisation to ensure a safe and effective process for these follow up patients. We are also working closely with our commissioners to identify a long term solution, given that we can no longer provide this service to new patients given the lack of substantive consultants available to work at our Trust. Looking ahead, we want to explore whether linking with tertiary centres with specialist expertise that can be more readily pooled and offered, may be a way forward.

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