96.7% of newly diagnosed MS patients in Scotland seen within 10 days

The proportion of newly diagnosed patients receiving first contact with a specialist nurse within 10 working days of confirmed diagnosis has risen more than 10% in seven years, from 86% to 96.7%. More dramatically, the proportion of those receiving first contact with specialists, ten days after referral, has increased by 50% in the same period.


These are important figures for Scotland especially in the North. The further north you live in the UK, the higher the incidence of MS, with Orkney having the highest level in the world!




4 thoughts on “96.7% of newly diagnosed MS patients in Scotland seen within 10 days

  1. Alasdair Macdonald September 13, 2018 / 8:42 am

    Here is a good news story, but GMS went on a criticism of mental health services for children in Scotland, despite £100million having been allocated by the SG. The person leading the ‘Task Force’ was interviewed and she outlined the four main strands of its approach, or would have done had the interview not been diverted after she spoke – at some length! – about three. It seemed clear that what GMS was the ‘bad’ message, not the nuances of delivering a policy dealing with a complex of issues.

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  2. Ludo Thierry September 13, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    Another piece of good news regarding Scotland’s Health and Social Care .Saw this info re. the latest Delayed Discharge figures on beeb Scotland site (11/09/18) – have not heard them being broadcast (but might have missed them by blinking!): Have had to edit a bit to chisel out all the SNP Baaad/Scotland is rubbish slanting – but if one works hard enough one gets down to the actual figures which show a 6% reduction year on year – and a 3 year consecutive reduction is identified by Jeanne Freeman (not by the reporter!):

    The number of Scottish hospital beds being “blocked” by delayed discharges has fallen over the past year, according to the latest statistics.

    A delayed discharge is where a patient continues to occupy a hospital bed despite being clinically able to be discharged.

    The figures showed delayed discharges cost NHS Scotland a total of 494,123 bed days last year.

    This was a 6% drop from the 527,099 bed days recorded the previous year.

    It has been estimated that each delayed discharge bed cost the NHS £234 a day in 2016/17.

    The health secretary, Jeane Freeman, said the latest annual figures were the third in row to show a drop in the number of hospital beds being blocked by delayed discharges.

    And she said the integration of health and social care services would “enable us to make long-term, sustainable progress to reduce the level of delayed discharge”.

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