Date lodged: 31 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what plans are in place to meet an increase in demand for specialist support for people living at home who require stoma care.
Answered by: Shona Robison 20 February 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.
While the Scottish Government provides the policies, frameworks and resources for high quality health care in Scotland, it is for each NHS Board to decide how best to deliver those services to meet the needs of the population to ensure they can provide safe, effective care for their patients.
Patients who require stoma care living at home receive their care from a multidisciplinary team including specialist stoma care nurses and, increasingly, suitably trained home care staff. I expect NHS Boards to continually assess the number of patients who require stoma care at home and also to ensure that appropriate care is available to those patients whenever they need it.