• Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust reports a waiting list of 369 patients for its neurology services
  • Follows HSJ revealing Burton Hospitals FT had a waiting list of more than 1,000 patients

Another trust in the West Midlands has raised concerns over under pressure neurology services with hundreds of people waiting for an appointment.

More than 300 patients have left been waiting for a neurology appointment at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust due to staff shortages.

Last week, HSJ reported that Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust had a waiting list of more than 1,000 people for neurology appointments.

Walsall Healthcare Trust and Derby Teaching Hospitals FT have also raised concerns over their ability to meet the demand for their services. Derby recently stopped accepting out of area neurology referrals after experiencing a 26 percent increase in referrals to the service in a year.

Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group reported that as of 23 June, Shrewsbury and Telford had 369 patients “waiting beyond planned or within the agreed standard” for neurology appointments.

In March, the trust said it would stop accepting new referrals to its neurology services due to a lack of capacity and workforce shortages. The Royal Wolverhampton Trust has agreed to provide outpatient neurology services for patients in Shrewsbury and Telford in the interim.

In its board papers, published last month, Shrewsbury and Telford reported that its performance on referral to treatment for the service dropped to just 28 per cent in June.

“This deterioration in performance is expected as the backlog of patients is treated and as the service reduces general neurology capacity to support those patients on DMT,” the papers said.

The news follows reports of a national shortage of neurologists. In March, the Association of British Neurologists said there was one neurologist for every 83,000 people in the UK, compared to the European average of one to every 15,000.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust was approached for comment.