Endometriosis specialist nurses have been appointed to every health board in Wales with the aim of improving services and ensuring a consistent level of support for women with this chronic condition.
The posts have been funded by an annual investment of £1million from the Welsh Government as part of wider plans to improve women’s health services.
“I am determined that the women of Wales get the service they deserve”
Newly appointed nurses will spend time with patients and clinicians to improve support for people with endometriosis, which affects one in 10 women, a government statement said.
They will also work together to share best practices and ensure a consistent level of services across the country, he added.
The nominations are part of the Women’s Health Implementation Group, set up by the Welsh Government in 2018, which provides funding specifically for women’s health service schemes.
The group has also created a website for use by patients and nurses. It is designed to help speed up diagnosis and treatment, while providing personal testimonials from women across Wales.
Welsh Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “Our Women’s Health Implementation Group is making progress in vital work to support women’s health and the appointment of a dedicated endometriosis nurse in every health advice will help raise awareness, diagnose and treat this serious condition across Wales.
“I have heard of distressing stories of misdiagnosis and of women with this condition not being taken seriously, I am determined that women in Wales get the service they deserve.”
She added: “Historically, women’s health services have not been given equal treatment and women’s voices have been ignored.
Ms Morgan pledged to ‘raise the standards of all women’s health services in Wales’ and noted that this summer she would issue a ‘quality statement setting out how this will be achieved’.
One of the nurses named was Jo Kitt of the Aneurin Bevan University Board of Health. She said: “Endometriosis can be a debilitating disease, but with the right care we can seriously improve the quality of life for patients.
“I look forward to working with all new nurses to share best practice across Wales.”
Other nurses recruited for the role of Endometriosis Specialist include: Beth Pucella from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Sam Robinson from Hywel Dda University Health Board, Amanda Price from Powys Teaching Health Board, Jenny Shaw from Swansea Bay University Cardiff Health Board and Mao Alberto and Vale University Health Board.
During Endometriosis Awareness Week, which ended on March 9, these newly appointed nurses met with Minister of Health and Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, Sue Tranka, as pictured above.