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  1. News Article
    Clinical care for sufferers of endometriosis is not meeting "base level", according to new research seen by BBC Scotland. The debilitating condition affects 100,000 women in Scotland and is more common than diabetes, yet it takes eight and a half years to be diagnosed. Almost half of those with endometriosis are in pain most days. The study, commissioned as part of the Scottish government's Women's Health Plan, found that services were lacking. The charity Endometriosis UK said the condition costs the UK economy £8.2bn each year in treatment, healthcare costs and loss of wo
  2. Content Article
    The report highlights how the pandemic has affected people with muscle-wasting conditions, looking at the physical and psychological impact of shielding and disrupted access to healthcare services. Based on the findings of its report, Muscular Dystrophy UK is calling for both short and long-term recovery priorities: Increased investment in the national neuromuscular teams with more neuromuscular consultant, physiotherapy, nurse specialist and psychology time Appointing a full-time network manager with administration support for the Scottish Muscle Network Reduce waitin
  3. Content Article
    Resources include: Guidance for people with Long Covid: Funding support for Long Covid Providing person-centred services for people with Long Covid Policy and service design through Covid-19 Support after Long Covid podcast
  4. News Article
    Swedish expert has praised Scotland for leading work in improving patient safety, with a decade-long programme which is now expanding into social care. Dr Pelle Gustafson (below), chief medical officer, of Swedish patient insurer Löf, said he was “particularly impressed” by the work in Scotland over the past 10 years during a meeting of the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee. The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP), which has been in existence for around 13 years, was set up to make patient safety a priority in NHS Scotland, drawing on lessons from the airline ind
  5. News Article
    A new study has linked COVID-19 to complications during pregnancy. Scottish researchers found that women who catch the virus near the end of pregnancy were more vulnerable to birth-related complications. They are more likely to suffer them than women who catch Covid in early pregnancy or not at all. The researchers say getting vaccinated is crucial to protect pregnant women and their babies from life-threatening complications. The latest findings come from the Covid in Pregnancy Study (Cops), which carried out research across Scotland to learn about the incidence and outcomes of
  6. News Article
    People with some of the deadliest forms of cancer are being diagnosed later than ever as a result of disruption to healthcare caused by the Covid pandemic, campaigners have warned. Stomach, lung, pancreatic, brain, stomach and oesophageal cancers have some of the poorest long-term survival rates and have always been disproportionately diagnosed late following an emergency hospital admission. However, campaigners are concerned that the poor prognoses for these patients have been exacerbated by factors such as a reluctance to attend A&E or bother GPs during the pandemic, and by bottlene
  7. News Article
    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton is calling for more cash to be invested in drug and alcohol services after “utterly heart-breaking” figures showed at least 852 babies have been born addicted since April 2017. A total of 173 such births were recorded in both 2019-20 and 2020-21, down from 205 in 2018-19 and 249 in 2017-18. In addition to this, a further 52 babies were born addicted in the first part of 2021-22, according to the figures, which were compiled by the Scottish Lib Dems using data obtained under Freedom of Information. Mr Cole-Hamilton described the
  8. News Article
    A care home with some of the highest Covid death rates recorded in the pandemic is facing whistleblower claims over unsafe conditions. Golfhill Nursing Home, in Dennistoun in Glasgow's East End, Scotland, is run by Advinia Healthcare, which confirmed a "large scale" investigation was taking place. A report by the Crown Office, published in April, showed Golfhill care home recorded 11 deaths related to coronavirus, among the highest rates. The Care Inspectorate investigation is said to have followed "months of complaints" about sub-standard and unsafe conditions at the home, incl
  9. News Article
    Swift action is needed from the Scottish Government to prevent a “cancer catastrophe”, campaigners have claimed, as new figures showed the NHS has again failed to meet a key waiting times standard. Ministers have set the target of having 95% of patients begin treatment within 62 days of being referred for help because cancer is suspected. But the latest data showed another decline in performance against this in the period July to September, with only 83.1% beginning treatment in this timeframe – down from 84.1% in the previous quarter and below the 87.3% that was achieved in July to
  10. Content Article
    The evidence supports the continued availability of surgical mesh as an option for elective repair of primary ventral hernias, incisional hernias, and primary inguinal hernias, in adults in Scotland. Patient preference may be for a non-mesh (suture) hernia repair and access to alternative hernia management options should be available to accommodate this. All elective hernia repairs should be preceded by a detailed discussion between the patient and the surgeon as part of an informed consent process. Points for discussion include: the benefits and risks of surgical and non-sur
  11. Content Article
    Aims of the draft framework for chronic pain service delivery in Scotland: Aim A - Person-centred care Aim B - Timely access to care Aim C - Safe, effective treatments Aim D - Improving quality of life and wellbeing The Scottish Government invites responses to this consultation by 28 February 2022. You can access and respond to this consultation on the Scottish Government's consultation website.
  12. News Article
    Nearly 2,000 children and teenagers have been left waiting for specialist mental health care for at least a year in Scotland, according to official figures branded “damning” by psychiatrists. New NHS Scotland data has revealed that, at the end of September, there were 1,978 patients who had been waiting 52 weeks or more for a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) appointment. That is more than double the 959 young people who were waiting that long the previous September – despite efforts by Nicola Sturgeon’s government to meet its own 2023 target for 90% of young people
  13. Content Article
    Below is a summary of the main responses and themes from the report: Should the initial focus of the Patient Safety Commissioner (PSC) be on medicines and medical devices? And in the future? Most respondents agreed that the PSC role should initially focus only on medicines and medical devices, as recommended in the Cumberlege review. However, it is clear that there is support for the role expanding at some point. When the role does expand, it was suggested that the PSC should cover communication, policies, processes and systems such as adverse event reviews, learning and acco
  14. Content Article
    The report compares data on women and birthing people: living in the most deprived and the least deprived areas in Great Britain. from ethnic minority groups and white ethnic groups. It demonstrates differences between these groups in outcomes of maternity and perinatal care among women and birthing people, and their babies. Key findings: Women from South Asian and Black ethnic groups and those from the most deprived areas had higher rates of hypertension and diabetes when compared with women from white ethnic groups and those in the least deprived areas.
  15. News Article
    A special Crown Office unit set up to probe Covid-linked deaths is considering 827 cases in Scotland's hospitals, latest figures show. The unit was set up to consider the circumstances of Covid-linked deaths such as those in care homes. But the prosecution service has also received reports of hundreds of hospital-related virus deaths. Prosecutors will eventually decide if these deaths should be the subject of a fatal accident inquiry or prosecution. As of 7 October, Crown Office figures show Scotland's biggest hospital, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, has the