The Scottish Government has established a £1 million fund to support women affected by mesh complications.
Successful applicants to the fund will receive a one-off payment of £1,000 to help towards the costs associated with emotional or practical support.
To apply, women must have:
- received a transvaginal mesh implant, either from or on behalf of an NHSScotland health board
- have experienced complications as a result of that implant
Women are entitled to apply if they have, at their own expense, had to pay for emotional or practical support. This could include, for example:
- purchasing self-care items like incontinence pads
- undertaking considerable travel as a result of their condition
Women will be asked to show evidence of their complications, either in the form of a letter from their GP / another healthcare professional, or another piece of correspondence. For example, this might be:
- a referral due to complications
- a letter from their health board showing that there have been complications
We're running the scheme, which opened for applications on 1 July 2020.
You must make an application by 31 May 2022 to ensure confirmation and payment ahead of the closing date of 30 June 2022.
Should an eligible applicant be unable to complete an application form, their representative can do so on their behalf.
Payments in consequence of personal injury usually have no effect on tax or benefits for a period of 12 months after payment. This can be longer if payments are put into a trust.
If you are receiving benefits and are unlikely to use the support payment within 12 months, you may wish to seek independent financial advice.
For all enquiries please e-mail: NSS.MESH-Fund@nhs.scot
Access the Mesh Fund guidance and claim form.