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Future UK paediatric neurosurgery

Lookup NU author(s): Patrick Mitchell


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The sustainability of two currently practices now common in UK paediatric neurosurgery are examined. These are service provision by surgeons who also treat adults, and provision without a specific on call rota. It is argued that either both are sustainable or neither but not one without the other. The consequences of these two possibilities are considered. If neither practice is sustainable the medium to long term result will be fewer paediatric units with no emergency service provided by adult units. If both practices are sustainable there would be more paediatric units treating fewer cases each, but a greater likelihood that adult only units could continue to provide emergency paediatric surgery.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mitchell P

Publication type: Letter

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Neurosurgery

Year: 2010

Volume: 24

Issue: 1

Pages: 3-4

Print publication date: 01/02/2010

ISSN (print): 0268-8697

ISSN (electronic): 1360-046X



DOI: 10.3109/02688691003587439