A new specialist nurse service is being set up to help people with Huntington’s disease in Renfrewshire and across the Clyde Valley.
The service will be provided by Scottish Huntington’s Association, which already provides a network of specialist nurses throughout Scotland.
Two nurses will carry out assessments and provide one-to-one support in the home, as well as training and help through support groups.
The service is being jointly funded by Renfrewshire Council, East Dunbartonshire Council and the three community health and social care partnership covering East Renfrewshire, West Dumbarton and Inverclyde. Each body is contributing £8,000.
Renfrewshire councillor Iain McMillan said: “The local authorities of the Clyde Valley are providing an important service for people which taps into the experience and expertise of Scottish Huntington’s Association.”
Association chief executive John Eden said: “Since we started back in in 1989 our most important goal has been to establish specialist support services across Scotland. Securing this funding takes us one step closer to achieving this goal.
“We will now be able to deliver our lifeline support to around another 240 families living with the condition in Clyde Valley area.”
The Clyde Valley has one of the highest populations of people living with Huntington’s disease of any part of Scotland.
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