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Shock Figures In Scotland Show North-East Victim Of Postcode Lottery Of Chronic Pain Treatment Waiting Times

Thursday 14 June 2018


From Scottish newspaper The Press and Journal:


Abbie Sclater
Abbie Sclater, who is 18, has been
fighting ME for years.

Shock figures show north-east victim of postcode lottery of chronic pain treatment waiting times

By Stephen Walsh
13 June 2018
© Aberdeen Journals Ltd 2018. All Rights Reserved.

Chronic pain sufferers in the north-east are waiting far longer for treatment than elsewhere in the country according to the figures, which cover the first three months of this year.

Chronic pain conditions are defined as any illness which stays with someone for the long-term such as fibromyalgia, ME, and chronic pain syndromes.

In Grampian, the average waiting time is 42 weeks – more than double the second-highest, Ayrshire and Arran, at 21.

Among patients who have yet to be seen at the pain clinic in Aberdeen, 54% have been waiting longer than the Scottish Government’s target 18 weeks.

And a whopping 83% who have been seen have waited longer than 18 weeks.

The mother of a teenager who suffers from fibromyalgia, ME and chronic fatigue syndrome has said the lengthy wait makes personalised care difficult.

Elaine Sclater’s daughter Abbie, from Inverbervie, has suffered from chronic pain since she was a child.


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