Revealed: ‘Distress’ as over 1,000 neurology patients left waiting

More than 1,000 patients have been left waiting for follow up appointments because of capacity problems at a struggling specialist service.

Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust told HSJ there were 1,022 patients on a waiting list who are overdue a neurology follow-up.

Its main commissioner said it was “causing distress and is understandably frustrating”.

The trust is planning to stop providing the service in April next year and in July last year stopped accepting new referrals, because of a capacity and workforce shortage.

There is concern about the patients who are waiting for follow-ups seeking emergency care.

An East Staffordshire clinical commissioning group board paper in June stated that 334 of those waiting at that point had attended the emergency department in the prior 12 months.

Full story in The HSJ, 9 August 2017