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Scottish health board to recruit Parkinson's nurse specialist

NHS Western Isles is shortly set to advertise for the board’s first Parkinson’s specialist nurse, thanks to a successful bid for charity funding.

Parkinson’s UK has awarded NHS Western Isles funding for a 30-hour nurse for a period of two years, after which the health board will fund the post.

NHS Western Isles chief executive Gordon Jamieson said: “Here in the Western Isles, there are 76 people identified with Parkinson’s, and there is a predicted 26.7% increase in these local figures by 2020.

“Recruiting a Parkinson’s Nurse will be an extremely positive step, to ensure that we are providing a high quality service to local people with the disease,” he said.

“This specialist nurse will develop effective long term relationships with people living with Parkinson’s,” he added. “The new nurse will provide medication advice and will be able to identify when people need additional support, and will coordinate their care accordingly.”

Katherine Crawford, Scotland Director of Parkinson’s UK, said: “This is great news for local people living with Parkinson’s.

“It’s been very positive to work with a health board so keen to provide high quality services for its patients.”

It is anticipated that interviews for the post will take place in October 2013.

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