PATIENTS across Scotland will benefit from a health cash injection of more than £2 million from the New Opportunities Fund (NOF) – and Greater Glasgow has scooped its fair share of the cash boost.
NHS Greater Glasgow's Palliative Care services have received £847,921 to fund ongoing projects for people with disabling conditions or terminal illnesses to live more fulfilled lives.
Dr John Womersley, Consultant in Public Health Medicine for NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "This major Palliative Care funding will improve the quality of life of many people with long-term disabling conditions, not just those affected by cancer.
"We will be able to further address patient and carer information needs, issues of access to services, guidance to alternative therapies and the development and maintenance of physical, mental and social functions.
"Our projects will further help people with disabilities to take more responsibility for managing their own conditions and assessing their own needs."
He added: "We will also work to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in care homes, and of those who are confined to their own homes for most or all of the time. Our objective from all of this work is to help such individuals live as normal lives as possible."
Dr Womersley went on to stress that essential Palliative Care services are not just about controlling pain and other distressing symptoms; they also help patients and their families cope with the emotional upset and spiritual questions that may arise.
Welcoming the latest New Opportunity Fund awards, David Campbell, the NOF group's Board Member for Scotland, said: "Until recently, Palliative Care has mainly been developed for people with cancer, so we hope that our funding will allow everyone suffering from an incurable disease to benefit from services that offer them dignity as well as understanding."
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
· More information on New Opportunities Fund programmes and grant awards is available at www.nof.org.uk
· The New Opportunities Fund is the biggest of the National Lottery distributors and gives grants to Health Education and environment projects across the UK.