A UNITED front for heart and stroke treatment and support across Glasgow is being launched today (Tuesday) by Minister for Health and Community Care, Malcolm Chisholm.
The new Managed Clinical Network (MCN) will see the Health Service, local authorities, patients, carers, voluntary organisations and community support groups working together in the best interests of patient care.
It is hoped this co-ordinated effort will help to further reduce the high rates of heart disease and stroke in Greater Glasgow and improve long-term patrient care.
Malcolm Chisholm welcomed the new approach, saying: "Managed Clinical Networks (MCN) are one of the most powerful tools we have to ensure patients are fully involved in the modernisation of the NHS in Scotland.
"They play a key role in bringing together patients and health professionals from all disciplines to plan services locally, based on local needs and priorities, and to agree standards nationally.
"The NHS Glasgow MCNs launched today will play a key role in the local implementation of our Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke Strategy for Scotland at a local level. The strategy sets out the specific issues which the local cardiac services and stroke networks will want to address."
He added: "We must all work together to make sure they fulfil their potential to create fully integrated and patient-focused cardiac and stroke services for the people of Glasgow."
Dr Caroline Morrison, a Public Health doctor with NHS Greater Glasgow, added: "It's wonderful to see everyone coming together to care for heart and stroke patients, so that we have universal aims and agreed effective ways of day-to-day working.
"It's important to note we will also strive to prevent people from having heart problems in the first instance."
She added: "And of course, the work doesn't stop when a patient is discharged from hospital. The road to recovery and long-term treatment just begins at this point, so the MCN approach will see everyone from community support groups to live-in carers play their vital parts and improve the lives of countless people."
For further information, contact: Caroline Jarvie on 0141 201 4447