Stroke Patients (NHS Fife)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 17 March 2011.

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Photo of Marilyn Livingstone Marilyn Livingstone Labour

On a recent visit to the Victoria hospital stroke unit, I was very impressed by and cannot praise highly enough the dedicated and highly trained nursing staff, who make such a difference to the recovery and quality of life of stroke victims in Fife. However, I was informed during my visit that, of the 23 beds in the unit, six were occupied by patients who no longer required an acute bed. What steps is the Scottish Government taking to support the NHS in ensuring that those who require such specialist care are not being denied access because of delayed discharges?

Patients in my constituency and throughout Fife deserve the best treatment that is available in an environment that is fit for purpose, and that gives stroke sufferers the best chance of recovery and allows the nursing staff to do their jobs.