Report published by NHiS and the MS Trust highlights the cost of emergency hospital care for people with MS

November 17th 2015 category Healthcare News

A new report has been published today about the number of people with MS who are admitted to hospital each year.

The MS Trust collaborated with NHiS, a company which provides commissioning support to the NHS, to examine Hospital Episode Statistics data from the NHS in England over the past four years.

The report highlights that nearly 15,000 people with MS in England were admitted to hospital as an emergency in 2013/14. That’s around 17% of everyone with MS. Of the 23,700 emergency admissions, 8700 were repeat admissions – where the person with MS was admitted for a second or even third or more time in the same year.

The most common reasons for emergency admissions were bladder and bowel issues, respiratory infections and MS itself (including MS relapse), many of which could be prevented with greater emphasis on preventative care.

This could be achieved by identifying patients at risk and addressing the issues before onset of a crisis. MS nurse specialists are ideally placed to identify this group of patients and provide proactive care, also involving GPs, neurologists, AHPs and community services.

The MS Trust GEMSS project has identified that many MS specialist nurses have unsustainable caseloads, and is therefore calling on the NHS to ensure that everyone with MS has access to an MS nurse with a manageable caseload who can help to identify potential problems which could lead to a hospital admission and coordinate care which would prevent it. Identifying the money currently spent on emergency admissions could justify service investment, with Clinical Commissioning Groups reinvesting savings in the provision of more proactive care.

The report is available from the NHiS Commissioning Excellence website at

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Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

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November 17th 2015 category Healthcare News

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