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Inquiry launched after 'wrong kind' of electroconvulsive therapy given to patient

A mother from Cambuslang has suffered from memory loss and anxiety since being prescribed a controversial treatment.

Leanne Simpson: Received apology from NHS.

**Scotland's largest health board has launched an inquiry after admitting doctors gave a mother from South Lanarkshire the wrong type of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). **

After being diagnosed with severe depression, Leanne Simpson, 30, was prescribed ECT treatment - formerly known as electroshock therapy.

However, doctors at Glasgow's Stobhill hospital wrongly administered bilateral ECT, rather than unilateral. This type often has more serious side affects.

Ms Simpson, who lives in Cambuslang, has suffered severe memory loss and anxiety since the procedure in July. She says she has been left with no short term memory, and added that she is scared to be alone with her own children.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has now promised a full review of the case.

A spokesperson said: ''We have apologised fully to the patient and have reassured her and her partner that we do not believe this will have any long-term side effects.

"Before a patient undergoes this treatment the nature of the treatment is fully explained. A known and common side effect of this treatment can be short-term memory loss and from our review it is clear that this information was given to the patient and her partner prior to treatment.

"The review is continuing and no members of staff have been suspended at this stage. ''

Developed in the 1930s, ECT is a controversial form of treatment, but it remains a standard psychiatric procedure, routinely used with the patient's consent.

The treatment uses pulses of electricity to induce seizures in the patient, and can bring about fast improvement in people with severe depression.

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