AN APPEAL for greater resources at Forth Valley Royal Hospital has been made amid waiting time delays for musculoskeletal treatment.

A recent report found almost 900 patients suffering from ongoing musculoskeletal issues have waited more than six months to be seen.

Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart says more urgency must be given to treating patients amid ongoing musculoskeletal waiting times.

Of 2,194 patients seen in the first quarter of 2022, 885 patients waited more than six months after being referred.

A little more than half of patients (51.6 per cent) were seen within four weeks.

The Conservatives' shadow minister for older people at Holyrood, Mr Stewart says that while these conditions aren’t exclusive to the older population, far too many patients are suffering.

He said: “I am horrified at these figures, which are way beyond not good enough.

“NHS Forth Valley patients in who are suffering with musculoskeletal conditions will often be suffering in constant pain. They need reassurance that appointments will be offered as quickly as possible.

“Although many of these conditions aren’t confined to our older population, far too many are waiting more than a month to be seen here; at 885, the number who have waited six months to be seen is utterly disgraceful.

“These problems at Forth Valley well pre-date the pandemic, yet there is not enough urgency from the SNP to resolve them. Patients cannot continue to suffer like this."

A spokesperson for NHS Forth Valley said: “Prior to the pandemic, waiting times for MSK physiotherapy services had actually reduced significantly in NHS Forth Valley and services for patients who required urgent treatment continued throughout the pandemic.

“NHS Forth Valley was also one of the first areas in Scotland to provide access to physiotherapists within local GP practices and this service has been rolled out across primary care to provide fast access to expert advice and a wide range of treatments, including steroid injections for pain relief.

“We also have MSK physiotherapists based within the Minor Injuries Unit at Stirling Health and Care Village who are able to provide support and advice to patients attending with a wide range of injuries.

“Work continues to tackle the backlog of non-urgent cases which built up when some services were paused at the beginning of the pandemic and we continue to look at new and innovative ways to further develop and improve local services.”

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