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S5W-15688: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve care for people in (a) the Scottish Borders, (b) East Lothian and (c) Midlothian council area who have primary lymphoedema.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 26 April 2018

Our Health and Social Care Delivery Plan, published in December 2016, sets out our aim for Scotland to provide high quality services with a focus on prevention, early intervention and supported self-management. The plan sits alongside our National Clinical Strategy, which evidenced the need to change the way services are delivered in order to continue to meet the healthcare needs of our population, setting out the framework for developing health services in Scotland for the next 10-20 years.

Within this context a Lymphoedema Short Life Working Group (SLWG) was established to consider improvements in lymphodema care in Scotland.

The Group focussed work on developing an integrated care pathway informed by a tiered model of care and support for people to self-manage. A significant outcome of The SLWG was the production of a proposal for the development of a SIGN Guideline, for the diagnosis, assessment and management of primary and secondary lymphoedema. SIGN are currently considering the proposal for a good practice working guide, and next steps will be considered when the outcome is known.