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2014


January

Glasgow Midwives Win Top UK Award for Maternity Telehealth

Two midwives from Glasgow have won one of the UK’s top midwifery prizes for a project enabling maternity staff to deliver a high quality, consistent, safe and effective service when providing telephone advice.

Philips AVENT Award

Shona Brown and Dorothy Finlay, midwives at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, scooped the Philips AVENT Award for Innovation in Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives Annual Awards 2014 for their Telehealth Project developed in conjunction with NHS 24. 

New pharmacy service is first of a kind in UK 

People living in the Glasgow and Clyde area can now benefit from an innovative new service, co-ordinated from their local pharmacy – the first of its kind in the UK.Following a successful pilot in four local areas, which was funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity has teamed up with Scotland’s largest health board, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) to roll out the new Macmillan Pharmacy Service.

Lister would be proud of New State of the Art Lab Facilities 

A new state-of-the-art £15 million laboratory which has just opened at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) has already been highly commended in the Design Award category by NHS National Services Scotland.

The new Lister Laboratory is named after Joseph Lister who is famous for his ground breaking work in the prevention of wound infection.

He worked at GRI between 1861 and 1869 and his work during this time with carbolic acid changed the face of surgical procedures making it much safer for patients.

In 1911 the pathological institute at GRI was renamed the Lister Laboratory in his honour and since then has continued his pioneering work.


February

Final Preparations Underway to Introduce Health Board Boundary Changes

Final preparations are underway to ensure a smooth transition to new health board boundaries on 1 April 2014.There are 58,583 patients in Rutherglen and Cambuslang and 20,450 in the Northern Corridor who will transfer from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 1,677 patients from Busby along with 100 from White Gables and six from Parklea, both near Carmunock, will move the other way, while 408 patients from Blackridge will move from NHS Lanarkshire to NHS Lothian.

New £10million Possilpark Health and Care Centre opens its doors

An innovative new £10 million Health and Care centre has opened its doors today (Monday 24 February) in Possilpark. The new modern, state-of-the-art health and care centre will provide a base for a range of services including: four GP Practices, general dental practitioner services, physiotherapy, podiatry, community dental services, community consulting rooms, district nursing, health visitors, social work, addiction services and health improvement teams offering a range of services from smoking cessation support to information on health screening.


March

200th patient receives transplant at Children’s Hospital

The 200th renal patient at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill has successfully received a kidney transplant – transforming her life. Rebecca Stracey (17) from Largs suffered from MPGN type 1 and chronic kidney failure. The illness meant that Rebecca had to start dialysis treatment in 2013 three times a week.


May

Health Secretary cuts the first sod for new 2.7M Shields Health and Care Centre in Pollokshields

A major milestone in the construction of the new £2.7 million Shields Health and Care Centre in East Pollokshields took place today (Thursday 15 May) when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing 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 East Pollokshields will house two GP Practices, district nursing, health visitors, social work, community addiction services and health improvement teams offering a range of services such as smoking cessation support.


July

Gold Medal Winning Athletes Visit Royal Hospital for Sick Children

Patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill got a surprise this afternoon when three Team Scotland gold medal winners dropped into visit them. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Judo champions Chris Sherrington and sisters Kimberly and Louise Renicks thrilled the young patients as they toured the hospital with their medals.


August

New Name New Building New Beginning in Healthcare

Today the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board approved the names of the two new flagship hospitals on the Southern General campus. 

The new adult hospital brings together the existing Southern General Hospital, Western Infirmary, Victoria Infirmary and Mansionhouse Unit, as well as housing a new teaching and learning facility, Centre for Stratified Medicine and Clinical research facilities.

The new children’s hospital replaces the old Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill. The new adult hospital will be named the South Glasgow University Hospital recognising all that the new hospital incorporates and our close working relationship with Glasgow University.


November

Virtual Fracture Clinic Wins National Award

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) virtual fracture clinics initiative has won a major industry award. The joint entry with the Scottish Government Health and Wellbeing Department, scooped the Health Service Journal’s “Acute Sector

Innovation” prize at a glittering ceremony in London last night.

Thanks to this new streamlined approach only around a third of people with fractures who were previously routinely reviewed required to attend an orthopaedic appointment.


December

Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow

A confirmed case of Ebola has been diagnosed in Glasgow. NHS Scotland infectious diseases procedures have now been put into effect and the patient has been isolated and is receiving treatment in the specialist Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases on the Gartnavel Hospital campus. The patient is a health care worker who was helping to combat the disease in West Africa.

They returned to Scotland from Sierra Leone late last night via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at around 11.30pm. The patient was admitted to hospital early in the morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 7.50am.

All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone deemed to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored. However, having been diagnosed in the very early stages of the illness, the risk to others is considered extremely low.