A dedicated specialist nurse has been appointed to work with people in Argyll and Bute who have multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Cheryl Howe’s role will see her consult people and their families affected by these conditions across Argyll and Bute, as well as with GPs, nurses and AHPs, and finding out what the patient’s journey is like in a rural area.
The post is being jointly funded by NHS Highland and Parkinson’s UK.
“It is really important that people have good access to health and social care no matter where they live,” Cheryl said.
“I will be spending time putting patient pathways in place and ensuring that everyone who has an input has a clear understanding in order to make the journey seamless from the perspective of the patient.
“Patients need to be at the centre of their treatment and in control of their choices, medications and treatments, with their opinions firmly central to all care.
“This means that I will be working closely with the people and their families affected by these conditions, health professionals from primary and secondary care, social care, the private and voluntary sectors so that together we can improve the patient’s experience.
Pat Tyrrell, lead nurse for NHS Highland’s Argyll and Bute community health partnership, said: “We are very grateful to Parkinson’s UK for co-funding this important post. We know that Cheryl’s role in working with patients, families and other health and social care providers will make a significant and positive difference to people who are affected by both multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease in Argyll and Bute.”
Katherine Crawford, Scotland director with Parkinson’s UK, said: “This is great news for local people living with Parkinson’s, who will benefit enormously from having expert support locally.
“It’s been very positive to work with a health board so keen to provide high quality services for its patients, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the board.”