Tavish has highlighted the work of MS Society Scotland as part of MS Awareness Week which runs until 30th April. This year’s campaign is focused on the vital role frontline MS Specialist nurses play in the care and support of people suffering with MS.
As well as initiating and monitoring the treatment of patients, nurses increasingly provide support and information, and coordinate care where sufferers require other medical services.
Shetland currently has the equivalent of half a full-time MS nurse helping 75 patients across the islands. A period of long term leave last year had an impact on this service so contingency planning is important in ensuring patients have support.
“Over 11,000 people live with MS in Scotland and the islands have relatively high rates of the condition.”
“MS Awareness Week is all about raising the profile of MS as a condition, and making sure those affected are properly supported. We also need to make sure that those providing vital care have the resources they need to do their jobs.
“I am pleased to support MS Awareness Week and the call for more specialist nurses as new treatments for MS become available.”