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Association of British Neurologists launches report on acute neurology services

The Association of British Neurologists (ABN) launched on Monday, during Brain Awareness Week, a new report based on the results of their most recent acute neurology services survey.

The report reveals that one in five UK hospitals have access to neurologists on 3 or fewer days per week.

This is ABN’s 2nd survey on acute neurological services (their first survey was published in December 2014). 

The likelihood of a patient with a neurological problem being seen by a neurologist continues to vary dramatically depending on where they are admitted.

The report also revealed that:

  • 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 ABN is calling for these national variations in care to be addressed urgently and in a properly funded manner.

10 and 20% of acute medical admissions account for diseases of the brain and nervous system. Stroke, epileptic seizures, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, acute paralysis, brain haemorrhage, among other conditions, can also lead to an emergency hospital admission.

The ABN welcomes the proposal, currently being considered by NHS England, for a National Strategy for Neurology. It recognises the strength of the existing National Strategy for stroke and supports the development of a similar strategy for Acute Neurology in all parts of the United Kingdom.

The full report can be accessed here.

For more information, access ABN’s website