Angus MacDonald MSP shows his support to MS specialist nurses this MS Awareness Week

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This MS Awareness Week (24-30 April) the MS Society Scotland are in the Scottish Parliament in a bid to raise awareness of the vital role the MS nurse has on the lives of people living with the neurological condition.

Regularly cited as a key contact for people with MS, the role and responsibilities of the MS nurse can be wide-ranging and varied. These include monitoring people for potentially dangerous side effects who are receiving drug modifying therapies (DMTs), as well as giving emotional support and helping to navigate the social care system. The specialist role means that nurses can also provide expert advice to their patients on symptom management and living as best as possible with MS.

Despite the importance of this role, only five of the 11 mainland health boards are deemed to have sustainable levels of MS nurse provision. In one health board the case load is four times the recommended amount.

Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, pledged his support for MS nurses in Scotland.

After meeting MS Society Scotland representatives in Holyrood this week, Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East constituency said:

“The role of the MS nurse provides a vital lifeline to those living with the condition. It is important that nurses specialising in the support, care and treatment of MS patients are recognised for their work in caring for patients who rely on the services these nurses provide.

“Clearly the level of support needed for the more than 11,000 people who are living with MS in Scotland is of vital importance to their quality of life. I would encourage health boards to ensure that they are doing everything they can to provide these services, to keep up the good work they do, and to support the need for improvement wherever possible.”

Morna Simpkins, Director for MS Society Scotland said:

“Over the years the role of the MS Specialist Nurse has become more complex, we need this to be recognised and resourced by the health service in order to give people with MS the support they need.

“MS is an unpredictable and sometimes painful condition that can affect how a person thinks, feels and moves – and we need to ensure that people are receiving the support and care they need to live as well as they can with MS.”

Over 11,000 people in Scotland live with MS which can be unpredictable and can affect how a person thinks, feels and moves. For more information on the work of the MS Society, please visit www.mssociety.org.uk

 

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