West Midlands Specialised Commissioning Trust (WMSCT) has agreed to pay for vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) as a treatment for people with epilepsy in the West Midlands.
WMSCT had previously had a policy that the treatment would not be available to patients in the area but its u-turn followed an 18-month campaign by national charity Epilepsy Action, local clinicians and patient groups who called for the policy to be changed.
Simon Wigglesworth, deputy chief executive of Epilepsy Action said: "We are delighted that WMSCT
has decided to withdraw its decision to refuse VNS to people with epilepsy in the West Midlands.
The WMSCT has signed a year lease for a total 10,208 sq ft of space, consolidating its three existing regional offices within the east and west wings of the property's third floor.
Janice Cunningham of the WMSCT said: "Our main priority is to ensure that high quality specialised healthcare services are provided across the West Midlands.