NHS Western Isles has appointed the first Western Isles Parkinson’s disease specialist nurse, after a successful bid for funding from the charity Parkinson’s UK.
Debbie Nash, a registered mental health nurse, has been appointed to the role and started work earlier this month.
Ms Nash, who has worked in Lewis since the opening of Western Isles Hospital in 1992, said: “I will make sure that our particular service is designed to meet our particular local circumstances.
“In particular I want to spread the message that it is vital for people who have Parkinson’s disease to get their medication on time, every time,” she said. “It can, and often does, cause significant worsening of symptoms to have medication times altered to suit other routines.”
She added: “I am very grateful to Parkinson’s UK for sponsoring my post and for the high level of support that Parkinson’s nurses receive personally through Parkinson’s UK.”
Katherine Crawford, Scotland director of Parkinson’s UK, said: “We look forward to supporting Debbie as she develops her role and know that this post will make a huge difference to the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s in the Western Isles.”
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