Data from more than 300 NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Trusts within England has been analysed in order to gauge the scale of the impact Covid-19 had on the care of those with neurological conditions. This can help provide insight into the areas where the most attention should be given in the future, so that those with neurological conditions do not need to be impacted more as a result of lack of treatment during this pandemic.
Wilmington Healthcare provided an initial cut of Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), which contained information on neurological inpatient and outpatient activity in both March – June 2019 and March – June 2020, and data on the spells of those with neurological conditions who contracted COVID-19 in March – June 2020.
Key findings include:
- More than 16,000 people with pre-existing neurological conditions were hospitalised with Covid-19 during March – June 2020
- Rehabilitation services were impacted in particular, with more than 20,000 fewer appointments taking place in March – June 2020 compared to the same period last year