Patients in Tayside are dealing with trips of approximately 500 miles for specialist treatment consisting of sex adjustments, the Tele can reveal.

Information from a freedom of info demand reveals that almost one client a week was sent out southern of the border for treatment not available in Tayside in 2016/17.

Hospitals in the north of England including Newcastle, Liverpool as well as Manchester, and as far south as Birmingham, Sheffield and also London, treated people referred from Tayside in the previous financial year.

The specialisms included cardiology, respiratory system medicine, neurosurgery, sex reassignment surgery and also paediatric surgical procedure.

Patients are sent out to health centers outwith Scotland by NHS Tayside and health rely on England after that bill the Tayside board to recover the prices of the therapy.

However, the variety of Tayside people being dealt with by the NHS in England is the most affordable it has been in the past 4 years– down from 53 last year as well as 68 in 2014/15, when it was at its greatest.

A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside stated that clients were only referred outwith the region for “specialist surgeries that were not readily available within NHS Tayside mainstream services”.

The figures became the health and wellness board released statistics revealing some expert professional blog posts have actually been lying uninhabited for greater than a year.

There were 10 posts in the past 12 months which took longer than 200 days to load, as well as 16 which stayed open for more than 3 months in total amount.

One job generally psychiatry remained unfilled for 340 days as well as an additional in paediatrics continued to be vacant for just over a year.

The wellness board spokeswoman stated: “Providing clinically risk-free as well as reliable care is always our top priority and also we take all actions to guarantee that we give appropriate staffing degrees.

“National shortages throughout some specialities affect all NHS Scotland boards.

“As component of addressing this, NHS Tayside has active as well as continuous employment projects to fill medical and nursing jobs as they occur, including looking for to bring in candidates locally, nationally and globally.”