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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06957: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-02629 by Aileen Campbell on 27 September 2016, how it ensures that the SIGN guidance is enforced, and whether this has led to a reduction in incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Answered by: Shona Robison 2 March 2017

SIGN guidelines are distributed within the NHS in Scotland via a network of Guideline Distribution Coordinators in each NHS board. Implementation is the responsibility of each individual NHS board and local ownership of the implementation process is crucial to success in changing practice.

It is not possible to answer, from centrally held information, whether SIGN guidance has directly led to a change in venous thromboembolism (VTE) incidence, the collective name for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE).