There are around 10 million patients in the UK with long term neurology conditions and only around 600 Neurologists. A neurology hotline for GPs, run by the Walton Centre in Liverpool, has spared patients unnecessary worry and travel time, while saving £100,000 to be reinvested back into the NHS.
GPs in the Cheshire and Merseyside area can call neurology consultants for fast advice any weekday reducing extra patient appointments. 37% of the 181 calls to the hotline in 2017/2018 were resolved by the GP, which equates to a saving of £100,000 per year.
Rolling this out across the country and to other specialties is a key part of the long term plan for the NHS that is being drawn up over the coming months.
A neurology hotline for GPs in the north west has spared patients unnecessary worry and travel time, while £100,000 a year has been reinvested back into the NHS.