Neurology is a broad specialty covering lots of different conditions involving the brain, eyes, limbs, speech or swallowing.
This aging population, along with an increase in outpatient demand and a shortage of neurologists, is putting pressure on neurology NHS departments right across the UK.
Because neurological conditions can have such a detrimental effect on a patient’s quality of life, it’s essential patients are seen as quickly as possible. By contracting 18 Week Support to work within your NHS Trust, we can help you reduce your RTT waiting times and ensure your waiting list backlog is cleared.
The 18 Week Support neurology insourcing team offers diagnosis and treatment to patients with general neurological conditions in an outpatient setting. Patients who attend our clinics for an initial consultation are asked for details of their symptoms and undergo a thorough assessment of their neurological system. We then decide if they need any more tests or treatments. The 18 Week Support consultant will follow all local referral pathways to ensure that those patients with well-defined or complex neurological conditions are referred to the appropriate specialist service.
The service is led by Dr Michael Devine who will work with the local clinicians to agree the clinical aspects of the service specifications such as exclusion criteria, referral pathways and local management plans.
"At clinics, patients were seen by a consultant, and then listed for a procedure if appropriate, scanned by a sonographer, and had their pre-assessment carried out by a specialist nurse, all on the same day. This meant that these patients would not have to return for any further appointments until the time of their treatment."