Health boards must guarantee isles-based eye treatment for patients

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has expressed his frustration at the continued delay in bringing an eye clinic to the isles. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is currently treated in Aberdeen with some vulnerable and elderly Shetland patients enduring monthly trips to have sight-saving treatment. 

Tavish has frequently raised the issue over recent years. NHS Shetland and NHS Grampian have given repeated assurances on a solution. Tavish is now calling on NHS Shetland and NHS Grampian to guarantee trained nurses are available in Shetland in 2019 to administer these vital eye injections. 

Tavish said: 

"We are heading into winter where regular travel disruption is likely. This could have a serious impact on waiting times between vital appointments. 

"I have also been made aware of some elderly people who are unable to face making the trip down to Aberdeen. This situation simply cannot continue where elderly people's health and quality of life are being put at risk.

"Progress on repatriating services to Shetland has been frustratingly slow. Both health boards, and the Scottish Government recognise this would be a win-win situation for patients and NHS budgets. All sides must make sure that the planned delivery of visiting nurses does not stall again."

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