What is NEON? NEON is short for Neurosurgery Outreach Education Network. It was developed and is funded by the MOHLTC to both maximize care of neurosurgery patients across the province and improve access and flow in neurosurgical centres.
Why NEON? There are 11 neurosurgical centres in Ontario providing specialized care to 231 hospital sites across the province. In the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN 2), London Health Sciences Centre is the referring center for 29 facilities (including Bluewater Health from LHIN 1).
Through outreach education to non-neurosurgical centres we can promote patients remaining in their home centres for monitoring, help repatriate patients in a timelier manner to their home centres once neurosurgical interventions have been completed and we can help train nursing staff in the care of brain and spine injured patients while awaiting transfer to LHSC. Ultimately, the goals of NEON are:
- Improved quality of care
- Educational outreach
- Care close to home
- Improve access and flow