Friday, 16 August 2013

Public Health Minister visits Ayrshire

Michael Matheson MSP, the SNP Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health, last week saw first-hand the performance of NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s hospitals.

Mr Matheson also took time to meet with clinicians, trades unions, senior management, patients and carers, before visiting the new Musculoskeletal (MSK) Centre to see for himself developments in care and treatment for people with conditions affecting the spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, foot or ankle.

A spokesperson for NHS Ayrshire & Arran said, “Through the development of new patient pathways, patients referred through the MSK Centre can be seen by the most appropriate member of the clinical team, at the right time, closer to their home, and they can also be referred directly for a specialist opinion or hospital tests without having to be referred again by their family doctor.”

The Minister then attended the NHS Board’s annual review meeting, at which a range of issues were discussed, including steps taken to provide everyone in Ayrshire and Arran with the best start in life, Clinical Governance, Clinical Effectiveness, Adverse Events and Risk Management, and the financial performance of the local health trust.

Also highlighted was NHS Ayrshire & Arran's “key relationship with the three local councils”, and the impact this has on care for all generations, from early years onwards.

Michael Matheson said, “I was delighted to visit NHS Ayrshire & Arran for their annual review.  It was a great opportunity for me to find out about the work being done by staff across the health board.  In particular, it was fantastic to visit the Musculoskeletal service, to find out how they have changed the service to speed up treatment for patients, enabling patients to be referred directly for a specialist opinion or hospital tests without having to be referred by their family doctor.”

The Minister noted, “It was also an opportunity to hold the health board to account, and for me to find out more about some of the challenges faced by NHS Ayrshire & Arran.”

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