After record nominations from your readers the West Dunbartonshire a dedicated team of nurses, specialising in blood-borne viruses (BBV), has been shortlisted for one of this year’s prestigious NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman Awards.
The team are helping patients in West Dunbartonshire to access treatment for their condition nearer to home.
Before the specialist team was set up locally six years ago, patients had to travel to Gartnavel General in Glasgow for treatment for Hepatitis C, and only about 10% of patients actually attended their appointment. The patients have very complex needs and didn’t make the journey for a number of reasons.
The new service has been very successful and attendances have significantly increased.
One patient said: “It made a big difference and actually made me go through with my treatment. If I couldn’t make it for any reason they would come to my home. It’s basically made me want to live again.”
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Pic: (back left to right) Lynn Laverty and Gioia Sichi-Smith, (front left to right) Jacquelyn McGinley and patient