Thursday , August 5 2021

Neurology: Waiting & # 39; 68 weeks for urgent appointments



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The Belfast Health Trust said that people with & # 39; urgent referral to see a neurologist that can & # 39; expect to wait 68 weeks for an appointment.

The wait for the appointment of & # 39; routine is the first outpatient & # 39; neurologist is & # 39; 246 a week.

The trust said "the & # 39; waiting times are much longer than we would like".

He said about the lack of NI & # 39; of neurology consultants for this service "complex" and "demand is overcoming the" capacity.

The latest figures follow a review of patient notes on the work of the consultant neurologist Dr Michael Watt.

The trust said it was continuing to coordinate with the Board of Health and Social Care "to find a long term solution to reduce the time & # 39; waiting in the near future".

"The Department of Health began a review of services & # 39; regional neurology at & # 39; September ongoing," the trust added.

"Part of the review will look at opportunities to address the times & # 39; waiting building on several initiatives to help improve the pathways for people with & # 39; neurological conditions and those referred by & # 39; symptoms suggest a neurological condition. "

Last month, the Department of Health announced that 1,044 people will be reminded after a review of & # 39; 2,500 of neurology patients.

It is the largest recall of patients from the Health Trust and Social Health (HSC) of & # 39; Belfast.


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