Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (283)

Alan Kelly


283. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health his plans to increase the number of specialist Parkinson's disease nurses nationally in order to have a specialist nurse in each county (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48663/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The HSE Model of Care for Neurology, was developed by the HSE’s National Clinical Programme for Neurology in collaboration with consultants, nurses, health and social care professionals and patient support groups.  It provides a framework for neurology services, including for Parkinson's Disease patients, using international best practice and describes care provision using an integrated service approach.  The model is fully aligned with the objectives of Slaintecare and proposes a hub and spoke model, with services provided as close to home as possible but with access to specialist services where required.

The roles performed by Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialists include identifying the patient’s needs and coordinating their care; monitoring symptoms; helping with drug management; and providing emotional and lifestyle support.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly as soon as possible.