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A Western Isles multiple sclerosis nurse has received a national award in recognition of improving multiple sclerosis care in the islands.


Specialist nurse Rachel Morrison has collaborated with the NHS Western Isles technology enabled care team to develop new digital services for island MS patients which improves their quality of life and experience of care.


She was presented with the judges special prize at the QuDoS MS Awards for introducing innovative ways to help people with the illness.


This includes using video conferencing so patients can have consultations with mainland-based consultants without leaving their home, avoiding the misery of lengthy journeys often in inclement weather.


Another big help is sending people text reminders of their upcoming blood tests, to undertake exercises, and managing their health.


Rachel was also nominated as a finalist in two categories, an amazing achievement as she was competing against specialist centres and hospitals from all over the UK.


NHS Western Isles medical director Dr Angus McKellar said "I am absolutely delighted to see Rachel’s work recognised at such a national level.


“Rachel and our IT department staff have worked collaboratively to investigate and source innovative solutions to the practical difficulties of living in the remote and rural hinterlands of the Western Isles.


This work is ongoing, we will continue to develop technological solutions with other sectors and third sector partners to improve outcomes for our patients in all services.”

Western Isles nurse scoops award for improving care service

17 November 2017

Rachel Morrison (left) received the award from Prof Dawn Langdon, chair of the judging panel.