Date lodged: 18 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many specialist stoma care nurses are currently employed by each NHS board, and how many were employed five years ago.
Answered by: Shona Robison 10 January 2018
The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that all people who require stoma care services are able to receive the best possible care and support wherever possible, and benefit from healthcare services that are safe, effective and put the patient at the centre of their care.
Stoma care is assessed within the NHS by a stoma care or colorectal nurse specialist following surgery and people will be discharged with the necessary equipment to manage their stoma care at home. Those who require support should receive that either at home or in a care home from a social care officer. If the care home provides nursing care, then this will be managed by registered nurses or carers.
Information on how many specialist stoma care nurses currently employed by each NHS board and how many were employed five years ago can be found by following the link below: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Publications/data-tables2017.asp