New way of help­ing pa­tients with long term con­di­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

NHS La­nark­shire will no longer re­fer new pa­tients to the Cen­tre for In­te­gra­tive Care, for­merly known as the Glas­gow Ho­moeo­pathic Hos­pi­tal.

From April 1, 2015, pa­tients will be re­ferred to ex­ist­ing ser­vices within La­nark­shire such as pain man­age­ment, coun­selling, psy­chol­ogy, acupunc­ture and cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy. La­nark­shire pa­tients cur­rently us­ing CIC ser­vices will con­tinue to do so for the du­ra­tion of their treat­ment.

The NHS La­nark­shire decision fol­lowed an ex­ten­sive re­view which in­cluded tak­ing ev­i­dence from in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who pre­sented cases in favour of the CIC ser­vices as well as those who ques­tioned the clin­i­cal ef­fi­ciency of ho­moeopa­thy and other treat­ments avail­able at the CIC.

Among those in­vited and who took part in the re­view were La­nark­shire CIC pa­tients, GPs, health pro­fes­sion­als, pa­tient rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the CIC, mem­bers of the pub­lic and Pub­lic Part­ner­ship Fo­rum (PPF) rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The re­view also in­volved an ex­am­i­na­tion of lit­er­a­ture on the health ben­e­fits of ho­moeo­pathic reme­dies, un­der­taken by the chair of the re­view group and NHS La­nark­shire’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic health medicine, Dr Harpreet Kohli.

Pre­sent­ing his fi­nal re­port to the La­nark­shire NHS Board, Dr Kohli con­cluded that there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to support the con­tin­ued use of the ser­vices – in­clud­ing ho­moeopa­thy – pro­vided by the CIC. This decision took ac­count of new ev­i­dence in the form of a sys­tem­atic re­view on ho­moeopa­thy.

From April 1, pa­tients with long term con­di­tions will still be able to ac­cess a whole range of ser­vices which cover many of the con­di­tions pre­vi­ously re­ferred to the CIC. The ser­vices avail­able in La­nark­shire, and ac­ces­si­ble through GP re­fer­ral, in­clude: self-man­age­ment groups and pro­grammes; coun­selling; psy­chol­ogy; psy­cho­log­i­cal ther­a­pies; cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy; acupunc­ture; and pain man­age­ment.

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