New West Dun service helps vulnerable patients closer to home

Vulnerable patients in West Dunbartonshire are getting their treatment closer to home, thanks to the work of a team of nurses who specialise in blood-borne viruses (BBV).

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 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.”