Hope that services could be returned to Whitby Hospital was given this week after it emerged that a new clinic has been implemented on the site.
Previously, patients were required to travel to a neurology clinic at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, but now they are able to receive help in Whitby.
Whitby residents with neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s have previously had to travel to James Cook University Hospital. For many, this meant a carer or relative also spending a day to take them to hospital.
A neurology clinic will now be running at Whitby Hospital once a month and consultant Dr Neil Archibald said: “We set up the clinic to meet the needs of people in Whitby with neurological disorders. We have expertise in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of conditions, from chronic headache through to Parkinson’s disease, MS and epilepsy.
“Many patients with neurological disorders have limited mobility and have problems driving. As such, the Whitby clinic should allow the expertise they need to come to them, rather than the other way around. We also hope to provide more support to other health care professionals in the area, and also to local GPs.”
Whitby’s MP Robert Goodwill welcomed the news and said: “This is how it should work with the CCG. They represent patients and they buy services on behalf of patients, so if a service can be delivered locally, either at Whitby hospital or a GP surgery then surely that’s more convenient or better than having people travel to James Cook. I would like to have the tide turn so we do have more people getting treatment at Whitby Hospital.”