Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur will use a debate in parliament later this evening to highlight the excellent work being done by Marie Curie nurses and volunteers in Orkney.
The service was Initially piloted in the West Mainland, thanks to the efforts of staff and funding from the Stromness and Dounby practices, and has grown in recent years to provide end of life care for many individuals and their families across Orkney. The hope is that a formal agreement can be reached with NHS Orkney in the near future that will allow more island residents to benefit from the excellent palliative care, support and advice provided by Marie Curie.
Speaking ahead of the debate, Mr McArthur said:
“It is really encouraging to see how quickly Marie Curie has become established in Orkney. Dr Trevett and his colleagues deserve real credit for getting the ball rolling and hopefully this service will be available shortly to anyone in Orkney who needs it.
“The feedback from those who have benefited, and their families, has been extremely positive. In turn, this has allowed the local fundraising team, led by Linda Lennie, to work miracles in support of the Marie Curie nurses in the islands. I am delighted that Linda and her colleague, Sarah Duncan will be in parliament this evening for the debate and reception, marking the achievements of Marie Curie staff and volunteers across the country.
“There is still work to do, however. According to Marie Curie, one in four people who need palliative care in Scotland each year are not accessing it. That simply is not good enough and flies in the face of the Scottish Government’s own national palliative care strategy.
“Hopefully, by shining a light on this issue again today, parliament can help ensure that more people in Orkney and across Scotland get the palliative care they need and deserve”.