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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08828: Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason only six Scottish hospitals offer endometriosis patients the opportunity to undergo a procedure known as laparoscopic helium ablation, and what plans it has to extend this treatment to all NHS board areas.

Answered by: Shona Robison 26 April 2017

NHS Boards take decisions on whether to adopt technologies based on evidence of their safety and proven clinical and cost effectiveness. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has said that further research is required to support the use of this technology as standard.

Where deemed clinically appropriate, there are existing arrangements in place to allow patients to access this treatment at one of the 6 centres currently offering this treatment.