Physio Expert Welcomes Scottish Government's £9 Million Emergency Care Boost
The Scottish Government has provided a £9 million cash injection for emergency care in a move welcomed by a prominent physiotherapy sector expert.
NHS Lothian physiotherapy manager Eddie Balfour praised the move by Holyrood, who have allocated the money in order to combat upcoming winter pressures.
He said that the money would help alleviate winter demand in respiratory physiotherapy, which would in turn reduce patient burdens and bed-blocking in hospitals.
"Our community respiratory team keep the vast majority of patients at risk of severe COPD out of hospital and in their own homes, by delivering expert care as part of a multidisciplinary team," Balfour commented.
"They also liaise closely with hospital colleagues to ensure that patients can return home safely and quickly if they have been admitted, which eases pressures on our hospitals."
The Scottish government says that of the £9 million, £7 million will be given to individual health boards to help improve community services and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.
The remaining £2 million will be spent helping develop initiatives to support winter capacity at sites experiencing the biggest challenges.