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District Nurses

Volume 100: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1986

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many district nurses are available in each health board area to visit elderly and sick people in their own homes.

The whole-time equivalent number of district nurses available in each health board area in Scotland at 30 September 1985* is as follows:

Number of District Nurses expressed as Whole-time equivalents
Health BoardNumber
Argyll and Clyde163·0
Ayrshire and Arran97·5
Borders13·5
Dumfries and Galloway35·7
Fife150·0
Forth Valley86·4
Grampian192·9
Greater Glasgow488·8
Highland62·6
Lanarkshire211·2
Lothian239·1
Orkney10·5
Shetland5·1
Tayside117·6
Western Isles2·5
Scotland1,876·4
* provisional
The figures exclude community nurses (655·2 whole-time equivalents) who combine midwifery, district nurse and health visitor duties.In 1985, 58 per cent. of visits by district nurses were to people aged 75 years and over and 81 per cent. to people aged 65 years and over.