Scotland: national mesh removal service to be introduced

18 September 2020

A mesh removal surgical service is being set up for women experiencing complications following vaginal mesh implants.

The service will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and supported by more than £1.3m of Scottish Government funding.

The use of mesh implants to treat conditions some women suffer after childbirth, such as incontinence and prolapse, was halted in Scotland in 2018. In May this year, it was announced that women experiencing issues could apply for a one-off £1000 payment.

The new service will provide comprehensive assessments, vaginal mesh removal surgery and psychological support for women over 16.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman said: ‘We’ve listened to the women affected and this service reflects their wish to have a clear, single national pathway for treatment.’

A UK-wide review in July found that the healthcare system had failed women who developed life-changing conditions after receiving vaginal and other pelvic mesh implants.

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