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3 August 2015, 07:19
Women affected by mesh implants will be able to call a dedicated helpline for support from today.
An experienced physiotherapist will be on hand to give advice to those experiencing complications with the procedure, the Scottish Government said.
Ministers worked with patient groups to develop the support service for women who may have concerns about their implant, which are used to treat prolapse and bladder problems.
Some women have experienced painful complications and health boards have been asked to suspend the use of the implants until an independent review into their use has been published.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: ''I have met with the Scottish Mesh Survivors group and recognise the impact mesh implants have had on their lives.
''We have been working closely with the group to develop the helpline and I am pleased that it will be supported by an experienced physiotherapist who has a background in community practice and holistic care.
''I am extremely concerned that women have suffered complications following their surgery, which is why we have set up an Independent Review, which is currently considering these issues and will make recommendations shortly.''
Mesh implant operations currently take place in Scotland only where there is ''fully informed consent'' on the part of the patient.
The helpline is available from August 3 on Mondays between 4.30pm and 6.30pm and Thursdays between 9am and 11am on the number 07824 537 938.