Primary care and neurology project

Update from the Neurological Alliance newsletter

To follow up the findings of our report, The Invisible Patients: Revealing the state of neurology services, which showed excessive waits for patients from their first presentations at primary care to accessing specialist care services, we carried out a survey and a roundtable discussion with GPs and other health care professionals to examine this part of the pathway in more detail. A survey of 1,001 GPs found some striking findings including:

  • 85 per cent of GPs in England were either ‘somewhat concerned’ or ‘extremely concerned’ about the time taken from referral of a patient to seeing a consultant neurologist.
  • The majority of GPs in England (59 per cent) feel that the local services and systems in place mean that people with neurological conditions frequently do not receive a timely diagnosis.

We are currently working on a report summarising the findings of the survey and discussion, and setting out some recommendations for improving primary care links to neurology services. We expect to be able to circulate it in the coming weeks.

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