Increasing the number of neurology nurses will ensure that people with neurological conditions have improved access to healthcare supports and reduce the time they are waiting for appointments 1, 2. Patients who have access to neurology nurses have reported improved psychological well-being and improved sense of involvement in their care, being more prepared for tests and investigations3.
Their knowledge of their condition and related issues increases and they have more confidence to self-manage their condition. More neurology nurses will also ensure that patients get quicker access to outpatient appointments, thereby reducing waiting lists and ensuring that any deterioration in the patient’s health status can be mitigated 1, 2, 3. This will also ensure that additional hospital resources can be focused on those that need it.