Mon 5 Aug 2002
Edinburgh Evening News
MULTIPLE Sclerosis sufferers receiving treatment in Edinburgh will get more help to access new drugs including beta interferon thanks to the appointment of a new specialist nurse.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society (MSS) has agreed to fund a specialist MS nurse for the Western General Hospital.
The nurse, one of 17 across Britain appointed through a £800,000 investment, will help to treat and monitor patients who neurologists believe will benefit from drugs such as beta interferon - which ministers have finally agreed to fund on the NHS after years of campaigning by MS sufferers .
The Western, which already has one specialist MS nurse, hit the headlines
earlier this month after it emerged that patients suspected of having MS
or other brain disorders faced a 46-week wait to see a specialist doctor
for an expert diagnosis.