Why we are proposing the closure of Lightburn Hospital

The way we provide healthcare is changing. 

The national blueprint for NHS Scotland states that wherever possible, people should be supported to live at home or in a homely setting. 

It also states that more people should be cared for in the community and not in hospital. 

Scotland’s hospitals should only be for patients who need the specialist skills of hospital teams supported by the full range of technology, laboratories, and support services. 

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is working with the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership to ensure that this vision is delivered..

Together, we want to provide services where patients needing acute rehabilitation are treated in a hospital with the full range of clinical services and those who can be cared for properly in the community are able to do so.

The current role of Lightburn Hospital

This hospital sits in the east end of Glasgow providing care for older people who need rehabilitation following an assessment at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

There are two wards for inpatient care.  An outpatient department provides consultant-led clinics and a nurse clinic. 

A day hospital provides assessment and rehabilitation for day patients.  The hospital also provides accommodation for a local Parkinson’s support group.

The hospital does not have laboratories, imaging (CT scanner, X-ray, MRI scanners), pharmacy, cardiology and other specialties which are all necessary for speedy rehabilitation and better health outcomes.

Currently patients have to be transferred from Lightburn to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for these services.

What are we proposing?

We want to change the way we provide inpatient rehabilitation in the north east of Glasgow, by significantly investing in community services, closing Lightburn and instead using the fully-resourced Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Stobhill Hospital or Gartnavel General Hospital for acute rehabilitation.

Patients discharged from these acute hospitals would either go home with appropriate support or complete their rehabilitation closer to home in local facilities in the east end of Glasgow (such as Greenpark Field and Fourhills).

Parkinson’s service

We are proposing to transfer outpatients’ services to Parkhead as part of a substantial development of that site to create high quality accommodation for a range of community services for the local population. 

We are working on this with the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership.

We know that there is concern that the Parkinson’s service will lose its facility at the hospital if our proposals go ahead. 

However, our proposals would ensure that the Parkinson’s support service can continue to be provided locally in the east end in improved accommodation than is currently available at Lightburn.

Have your say

We are now engaging with the public on this proposal. Comments on all aspects of our proposal are welcome.

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