South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway neurology service strategy agreed

Brain scan
Image caption The strategy to provide neurology services in Dumfries and Galloway has been agreed

A strategy has been agreed to fill the gap left by the resignation of Dumfries and Galloway's only consultant neurologist late last year.

The loss led to a rise in waiting-time breaches for patients with conditions such as Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, MS and motor neurone disease.

Consultant cover will now be provided as part of a service with NHS Lothian.

The post holder will work three days a fortnight at Dumfries Infirmary and hold a weekly clinic via video link.

NHS chiefs said the departure of the consultant neurologist highlighted the frailties of a service led by a single specialist - given that Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is a considerable distance away from other key neurology services.

There was a marked rise in the number of patients waiting longer than the 12-week guarantee and costly locum cover had to be used.

The health authority admitted that recruiting another consultant to head up the department was unlikely and embarked on a review to identify a sustainable solution to maintain a local provision.

A strategy has now been endorsed which will see cover provided in conjunction with NHS Lothian.

The total cost of the provision - which runs to £121,000 - is being met by NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites