A NEW service is being offered to patients with breathing problems by NHS Lanarkshire.
A tracheostomy clinical nurse specialist has been appointed for patients who require a tracheostomy – which involves inserting a tube into the windpipe (trachea) – so they can breathe freely.
Joyce Cairney – who covers Hairmyres, Monklands and Wishaw hospitals – said that she will be providing a much-needed service.
She added: “I can establish links with patients and their carers prior to surgery, follow them throughout their journey and following discharge.
“This helps to ensure continuity of care and provides a focal point for information for NHS Lanarkshire staff, patients and their carers.
“Patients also have input from the multidisciplinary team to ensure that psychological, nutritional and communication needs are met.”