Following a successful pilot with residents at Sue Ryder Dee View Court, we are now rolling out the use of virtual reality as a form of mood-boosting therapy across all of our neurological care centres.
MSPs of all parties left the Scottish Parliament for sunnier climes yesterday – without actually leaving – as they gave virtual reality a try, courtesy of Sue Ryder.
The system, which was specially developed for Sue Ryder Dee View Court users by tech company Immersicare, allows our residents to find themselves in places they may not be able to visit, such as the beach, jungle or outer space.
Its impact has been so positive that the system is now being rolled out across all of our Sue Ryder neurological care centres.
Technology that's changing lives
“This technology has clearly made a significant difference to the lives of many of the residents at Dee View Court in Aberdeen," said Lewis Macdonald MSP, who represents the North East of Scotland, which includes Sue Ryder Dee View Court, and who hosted the event in the Scottish Parliament.
"It is great to hear that the chance to enjoy these virtual reality experiences is now being expanded to other Sue Ryder care centres.
“I was delighted to welcome Sue Ryder to the Scottish Parliament, and I am sure that all the MSPs who tried the technology for themselves found it as enjoyable as the Dee View Court residents,” Lewis Macdonald added.
Lowering blood pressure and boosting mood
“Early evidence from the team at Sue Ryder Dee View Court shows that use of virtual reality by people with neurological conditions is helping to lower blood pressure and pain levels, as well as boosting mood and wellbeing," explained our Director of Neurological Care and Scotland Pamela Mackenzie.
“As we eagerly await the Scottish Government’s National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions, it seems like a good time to share with others the innovative technology we are using with our service users to improve their quality of life," she added.
Innovative health and social care
“The use of virtual reality technology to help people with neurological conditions is a great example of innovation in health and social care," agreed Public Health and Wellbeing Minister Joe FitzPatrick. "I commend Sue Ryder for this and the wider work they do in supporting people living with these conditions."
Coming soon: Scottish National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions
“The Scottish Government wants to ensure that people living with neurological conditions have access to the best possible care and support across the country," Joe FitzPatrick continued.
"We have worked in partnership with the neurological community to develop Scotland’s first ever National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions.
"We will publish the draft plan in the coming weeks for public consultation and I would encourage everyone to provide their views,” he urged.
Learn more about Dee View Court
We provide specialist neurological care, rehabilitation and support tailored to the individual needs of people with a range of neurological conditions in Scotland.