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2013


January

Speedy HIV Testing For Gay And Bisexual Men

A new speedy sexual health testing service for gay and bisexual men has been launched by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Sandyford service in partnership with Gay Men’s Health.

The Sandyford’s Steve Retson Project and Gay Men’s Health is running HIV and other sexual health tests at a drop in service in Glasgow’s Merchant City where Gay Men’s Health is based.

The service provides quick HIV test results to gay and bisexual men who can also get tested for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and hepatitis B.


February

Major Milestone Achieved in Build For New 10M Possilpark Primary And Community Health Centre

A major milestone in the construction of the new £10 million Possilpark Primary and Community Health Centre took place yesterday when Health Secretary Alex Neill cut the first sod at a special ceremony.

The new modern, state-of-the-art health and care centre for the people of Possilpark will incorporate four GP Practices, general dental practitioner services, physiotherapy, podiatry, community dental services, community consulting rooms, district nursing, health visitors, social work and health improvement teams offering smoking cessation support and sexual health services.


March

Mental Health Service Wins National PIP Award

A carers’ forum which provides support to families and friends of patients at Rowanbank Clinic and Leverndale Hospital has won a prestigious national award.

The Principles into Practice Awards (PiP) celebrate the best practice in mental health services and the Charing Cross Forensic Carers Group have been judged best in the Carer Involvement and Support Award.


April

Ground Breaking Research Into Stroke

Researchers in Glasgow are leading on a new ground breaking trial which could revolutionize the way we diagnose and treat stroke within the next five years.

Southern General neuroradiologist Dr Celestine Santosh and the team at the hospital’s neuro radiology department, department of clinical physics and the University of Glasgow are working on developing new technologies to help diagnose and treat stroke more effectively and within wider time frames using oxygen, perflourocarbon (PFC) as an efficient oxygen carrier, and MRI scans.


May

More Gold From GO For New South Glasgow Hospital Project

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s New South Glasgow Hospital Project has won a National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Award.

The GO Awards are specifically designed to recognise and reward excellence and achievement in public sector procurement.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Currie and Brown, and Brookfield Multiplex won Best Supplier Engagement Initiative of the Year for the £842 million South Glasgow Hospitals development including a new integrated children and adult hospital on the site as well as a brand new £90 million laboratory.


June

Step forward for New South Glasgow Campus

Work on Glasgow’s New South Glasgow Hospital’s Campus took a significant step forward today with the completion of the structural frame of the new adult and children’s hospitals.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, marked the milestone by performing a ‘topping out’ ceremony on the top floor of the new adult hospital.

When completed in early 2015 the £842 million publicly funded ‘super campus’ will deliver a truly gold standard of healthcare on the Govan site with maternity, children’s and adult acute hospital and laboratory services all together on one site for the first time in Glasgow.

The new adult hospital sits alongside the new children’s hospital and both will be linked via a subterranean tunnel to the new £90million laboratory which is already operational having opened last year.

The project - which is the largest single NHS hospital building project ever undertaken in Scotland – is on track to be delivered on time and on budget at the beginning of 2015 by contractor Brookfield Multiplex.


July

Introduction of extended visiting hours

Scotland’s largest Board is the first in Scotland to introduce extended visiting hours to all its adult acute wards.

New standardised visiting hours are being rolled out in hospital wards across Greater Glasgow and Clyde following requests from patients and relatives to change the times of visiting in adult wards in all our acute hospitals. 

Traditionally patients could only get visitors at certain times of the day but this week new flexible visiting times will be in place on the majoroty of wards, with visitors getting access to patients between 1.30 and 8.30 pm every day. 


August

Visiting hours rolled out across NHSGGC

New standardised visiting hours are being rolled out in hospital wards across Greater Glasgow and Clyde following requests from patients and relatives to change the times of visiting in adult wards in all our acute hospitals.


September

NHSGGC Welcomes New Apprentices

Almost 50 young people from all over Glasgow and surrounding areas are ready to take on a new challenge – with a modern apprenticeship at Scotland’s largest health board.

To help young people access good quality training and get a much-needed foothold on the employment ladder NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has offered apprenticeships in a range of areas.

All apprentices will sign up to a learning programme in addition to the on-the-job training they will receive. Jobs include nursing assistants, clerical workers and receptionists, youth workers, technical officers and engineering.


October

Large numbers visiting Stobhill MIU

Since opening its doors in 2009 the Stobhill Hospital Minor Injuries Unit has already given faster treatment to more than 68,000 North Glasgow residents who have suffered a minor injury.

A national service providing advanced heart and lung support to some of Scotland’s sickest babies and children has received the coveted ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children’s ECLS (Extracorporeal Life Support) service was found to have demonstrated “extraordinary achievement” against stringent standards by governing body the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).


November

Official opening of new Vale Centre for Health and Care

The new Vale Centre for Health and Care was officially opened today by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil, who met staff and patients during his visit. The Cabinet Secretary was given a tour of the unique Centre by Andrew Robertson, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman, and Keith Redpath, Director of West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership.

This significant development, which has seen an investment of over £20 million on one of the most modern health centres in Scotland, brings together a variety of services delivering modern health care within a new state-of-the-art facility and is a key element in the Board’s delivery of the Vision for the Vale.


December

MBE for Rosslyn

Rosslyn Crocket, Director of Nursing for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, has been honoured in the New Years Honours list with an MBE. Rosslyn, who leads the largest NHS nursing workforce in the UK, has personally spearheaded a campaign launched two years ago to put the pride back into nursing. With a nursing career spanning more than 30 years Rosslyn is one of Scotland most senior and respected nursing leads.

Milestone for New Victoria MIU

The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at the New Victoria Infirmary has now treated more than 80,000 patients. The milestone has been achieved four years after opening its doors to patients in 2009.

Plans for state of art specialist dementia and mental health unit at IRH

Plans have been unveiled today for a new state-of-the art £6.5million NHS centre for specialist dementia and mental health support on the IRH site. The proposed boost for community based mental health services in Inverclyde will see the creation of a new 42 continuing care bed facility offering 30 beds for older people and 12 for younger adults.

An honour for Jaqueline

A Glasgow Biomedical Scientist has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to her profession. Jacqueline Wales, Quality, Training and Point of Care Manager for Haematology has been voted this year’s NHS Scotland Healthcare Scientist 2013.