Concern over hospital staffing

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Patients of Bridlington Hospital’s Chronic Pain Clinic could be affected after the number of doctors staffing the unit was halved.

The two doctors who delivered the Chronic Pain Clinic left York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, which managed Bridlington Hospital, and were replaced by one Consultant Anaesthetist.

Mick Pilling, patient and former Save Bridlington Hospital Campaign Group chair, said: “There has always been two people there to run the procedures.

“We have only got one doctor, consequently the lists are going to get longer and we are going to have to wait for procedures to get done.

“It is not very good for anyone who can’t walk properly or who has trouble getting about. We need to be seen more responsively.” The Chronic Pain Clinic is part of the service provided by the York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust’s Department of Anaesthetics. It treats patients suffering with back, legs, spinal and lumbar problems.

Mike Proctor, deputy chief executive at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Two of the doctors who deliver the Chronic Pain Service at Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals have left the Trust, which significantly affects our capacity to see patients.

“We are working with each of the local Clinical Commissioning Groups to define the service that they would like to commission for their patients.

“In the meantime, the Chronic Pain Service will continue to be

available at Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals, but will run at reduced capacity.

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