Patients will have to pay privately at Sunderland Royal Hospital – up to £700 per session – after the NHS decided not to fund it in the North East.

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Patients will have to pay privately at Sunderland Royal Hospital – up to £700 per session – after the NHS decided not to fund it in the North East.

Post by Tee on Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:04 am

Sunderland Royal Hospital’s £700 headache cure - Botox injections can be used to help migraine sufferers.

Published on Wednesday 28 December 2011 12:01

BOTOX injections could be offered to migraine sufferers to end their pain.

However, patients will have to pay privately at Sunderland Royal Hospital – up to £700 per session – after the NHS decided not to fund it in the North East.

The city neurology department could offer the treatment, 31 injections around the head in a single session, which can ward off attacks for three months, next year.

Research has shown the procedure can give patients long-term relief.

Health bosses believe people could need up to five sessions, but say some people will notice an improvement in the early stages.

It will only be offered to chronic sufferers, when they have the condition for 15 days or more a month, or eight days for those with aura, where vision or hearing is affected or unusual sensations are felt.

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/local/sunderland_royal_hospital_s_700_headache_cure_1_4096404

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