Date lodged: 25 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that a charity-funded cardiac paediatric nurse treated more than 350 patients in the first year and a half that she was in post, for what reason NHS Grampian has not funded and recruited such nurses.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 11 March 2019
The paediatric cardiac nurse in NHS Grampian currently has a caseload of 180 patients and has made contact with more than 350 patients since taking up post. Each patient has a variety of clinical needs and therefore in some instances no more than one contact is required.
Paediatric cardiac surgery is a highly specialised service and NHS Grampian patients, along with those from across Scotland, are referred to the National Paediatric Cardiac Service based at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. In addition, Scottish patients are treated at the cardiology centre at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Therefore the required infrastructure to support paediatric cardiac patients is concentrated at these two specialist centres.
Outreach services are provided by cardiologists from Glasgow and Edinburgh to NHS Boards, including NHS Grampian. NHS Grampian patients requiring paediatric cardiology services are also seen in Aberdeen by a paediatric cardiologist from Edinburgh and supported by two general paediatricians with a special interest in cardiology.
NHS Grampian is currently developing a business case which if approved will ensure paediatric cardiac nurse support to the children of the Grampian region.