Local MSP Neil Findlay has backed Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland’s campaign to re-instate thrombectomy services in 2019.

Thrombectomy is a procedure that can be effective for approximately one in ten people who have experienced an acute ischaemic stroke. The procedure involves removing the blood clot and opening up the artery soon after the stroke takes place.

The procedure is no longer available in Scotland meaning that 600 patients will suffer as a result. Without the availability of thrombectomy in Scotland, more people will become disabled and unable to recover fully following a stroke.

In Scotland, no resources have been allocated to deliver a thrombectomy service and currently there has been no commitment of funding.

Responding to Chest, Heart & Stroke’s ‘Bring Back  Thrombectomy’ campaign, Neil Findlay MSP said:

“There is real need for the return of thrombectomy services in Scotland.

“This procedure has the potential to ensure that some stroke patients can make a full recovery and return to living independently.

“The alternative is bleak – more people disabled and unable to care for themselves and a greater demand on the health and social care sector.

“I am backing Chest, Heart and Stroke’s call to reinstate thrombectomy services in Scotland. The Scottish Government must invest in our NHS to make sure that no patient is left behind.

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