NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Parkinson’s care rated far higher than UK average

Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman

Research: Brian McGowan

Once more evidence emerges of the high quality of Glasgow’s hospitals yet this is consistently ignored by BBC Scotland as they dig for rare cases of suffering which they can amplify in broadcasts.

Parkinson’s patients in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have rated their care as significantly better than the UK average, according to a national audit.

Parkinson’s affects one in 375 adults in Scotland. UK-wide Parkinson’s Audit of patients showed far higher satisfaction rates in NHSGGC, compared to the rest of the country, in almost every element of their care.

Patients were asked to rate the quality of care from their doctor. In the UK as a whole, 58% of patients rated their doctor as excellent, while in NHSGGC this figure rose dramatically to 83%. Similarly, 91% of GGC patients thought the care from the dedicated nurse was excellent, compared to 63% in the UK.

Patients also felt informed about their condition, with 80% feeling they had enough information compared with 60% across the UK. Around 84% of patients also said they were given enough information about the side effects of their medication, compared to 60% in the UK as a whole.

Importantly, 76% felt involved in decision making about their care in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, compared to 49% elsewhere.

To find out more or get involved see: www.parkinsons.org.uk/audit

Earlier reports here:

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