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Services for Neuromuscular Conditions: Ministerial Response to Strategic Reviews

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17th March 2011

In fulfilment of a commitment given to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, the Government commissioned the Scottish Muscle Network to undertake a strategic review of the services available across Scotland for those living with neuromuscular conditions. That report has been complemented by the Mackie Report on access to neuromuscular care and social care in Scotland, produced by the Cross Party Group on Muscular Dystrophy.

The Government also made funding available to enable representatives of the Scottish Muscle Network to visit Denmark to look at aspects of services there that might inform the development of services in Scotland.

The Network has now produced a report on that visit. In parallel with these pieces of work, the Government also funded the Network to undertake a project designed to explore how Self Directed Support (SDS) could improve personalised care for people with neuromuscular conditions, and to develope resources to promote the uptake of SDS within local communities.

Explaining eHealth to Patients

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9th March 2011

As eHealth continues to delivery better, safer care to patients it becomes equally important to ensure that the public understand how eHealth impacts on the service they receive and the benefits it brings.

The Scottish Government has commissioned Health Rights Information Scotland (HRIS) to produce a public information leaflet and an animated film clip which looks at eHealth in simple images and plain language from a patient’s perspective, explaining complex information quickly and clearly. The information will shortly be available in different formats and languages to reach across the whole of Scottish society.

The information explains what eHealth is, how it benefits patients, how it benefits NHSS, the importance of safety and confidentiality of patient information and what rights patients have about their own information. Draft storyboards for the film clip, leaflet and info-graphics were user-tested among public focus groups and professional stakeholders with positive results.

The leaflet and animated clip are available from the HRIS website at here.

The information is being supplied to boards on CD.  Boards are expected to display the information on their websites alongside the other HRIS public information leaflets and supply to GP practices.

Note - the leaflet and film clip are not intended to replace the NHS Boards existing privacy notices or the HRIS leaflet How the NHS Protects your information.

For further information contact: Sheila McLachlan, Project Support Officer, Health Rights Information Scotland at sheila.mclachlan@consumerfocus.org.uk

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

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21st February 2011

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows you to access state-provided healthcare in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost or sometimes free of charge.

Everyone who is resident in the UK should have one and carry it with them when travelling abroad. Remember to check your EHIC is still valid before you travel.

Applying for the card is free and it's valid for up to five years. For more information on how to apply or renew your card please visit the EHIC website

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