PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust’s risk rating for neurology capacity remains “red” (extreme).

The issue was last reviewed on 2 March, according to board papers for that month released by NHS Brighton and Hove. They show no change in the overall risk rating.

The risk register states:  “Capacity issues in neurosurgery and neurology are causing long waits for treatment (non urgent appointments up to 39 weeks from referral). Median waits and 18 week performance will be below target for quarter four and potentially quarter one in 2011-12.”

It adds: “Patients are being contacted and advised of the delay in treatment in some specialties, given an apology and where possible they are being offered treatment at an alternative provider.”

The register also notes that a locum neurology consultant has been appointed at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to reduce the backlog.

“Medium and long term plans are being worked up as part of the interim strategy and 3Ts [hospital redevelopment] project,” it notes.