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Tackling HIV stigma

An innovate collaboration between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), a BAFTA award winning writer, the Scottish Youth Theatre and people living with HIV, has produced four short films challenging stigma and prejudice about HIV within healthcare settings. The scripts, written by David Cosgrove, are based on the words and real life experiences of members of the HIV Patient Forum in the Brownlee Centre on the Gartnavel campus, and performed by youth theatre actors.John Barber, the Brownlee’s peer support and patient engagement manager, explaining why the videos were made, said: “We live in era where the HIV virus can be controlled. Effective treatment means those living with HIV can have a near normal life expectancy, plus the same treatment can dramatically reduce the chance of onward transmission.

Construction of New South Glasgow Hospitals Completed Early and Under Budget

The construction of Scotland’s largest ever NHS hospital project has been delivered under budget and five weeks ahead of schedule. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has now officially taken ownership of the stunning new fully Scottish Government funded £842 million south Glasgow hospitals – South Glasgow University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children - following a ceremonial ‘key handover’ from Brookfield Multiplex.
The new campus with maternity, paediatric and adult hospitals all integrated onto a single site offers a gold standard in acute hospital provision.


Health Secretary Cuts First Sod for New Health and Care Centre

A major milestone in the construction of the £15million Eastwood Health and Care Centre in Clarkston took place today when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Shona Robison MSP, cut the first sod at a special ceremony. The new modern, state-of-the-art health and care centre which will serve the whole of the Eastwood area of East Renfrewshire will house GP practices, district nursing, health visitors, social work, physiotherapy and podiatry services as well as mental health services.


Public Health Minister Launches Smokefree Grounds Campaign

Public health minister launches smokefree grounds ad campaign telling the public smoking on nhs grounds is drawing to a close. All NHS grounds across Scotland are to become smokefree by 31st March 2015. From this date, patients, visitors and staff will be asked to wait until they are off NHS grounds before lighting up. This ambitious move to achieve smokefree status in the grounds of every hospital, health centre and NHS building across the country is part of a national drive to create a tobacco-free generation within Scotland by 2034.


Possilpark Health and Care Centre Officially Opened

An innovative new £10 million Health and Care Centre was officially opened today by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Shona Robison. The new modern, state-of-the-art Possilpark Health and Care Centre provides 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.
New Stunning World Class Hospital Opens Its Doors to Patients - One of Europe’s biggest new hospitals which will revolutionise healthcare in Greater Glasgow has opened its doors to the first patients today. The stunning world-class new South Glasgow University Hospital (SGUH) is now ready to service the people of Glasgow and beyond and today finally saw surgical and orthopaedic patients attend their first outpatient appointments. The new adult acute SGUH will see patients and staff move in a phased timetable with the majority of adult acute services being in place at the new hospital by the end of May. The new Royal Hospital for Sick Children will see staff and patients move in June but today the impressive new building welcomed the first outpatients.


Western Infirmary Accident and Emergency Closes Its Doors

The Western Infirmary will begin its journey to a new home this Saturday (30th) when it’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department closes its doors and moves to the Emergency Department in the new world-class South Glasgow University Hospital (SGUH). At 8.00 am on Saturday the Western’s A&E will close and patients with serious injuries and major emergencies should attend the new SGUH in Govan, or if you live in the Summerston or Maryhill areas you should attend A&E at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Patients with minor injuries such as cuts, broken bones, sprains and minor burns can still be treated at the Western at a newly established West Glasgow Minor Injuries Unit which will operate on the site until October 2015 when it will then transfer to the Yorkhill site.

Moira's New Role is a First in Scotland

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has broken new ground by assigning the first psychiatrist in Scotland with dedicated time to improve the physical health of mental health patients. Dr Moira Connolly, a consultant psychiatrist in the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit (IPCU) at Gartnavel Royal Hospital, has taken up this unique role which will see her work closely with medical and nursing staff, physiotherapists and community psychiatric nurses (CPNs) to highlight the importance of good physical health care and physical activity for mental health patients.

Victoria Infirmary Accident & Emergency Closes Its Doors This Weekend

One of the oldest hospitals in Glasgow will start its journey to a new home this Saturday (16th) when it’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department closes its doors and the department moves to the Emergency Department in the new world-class South Glasgow University Hospital (SGUH). At 8.00 am on Saturday morning the doors to the Victoria’s A&E will shut for ever and patients with serious injuries and major emergencies will now be treated at the new SGUH. Patients with minor injuries such as cuts, broken bones, sprains and minor burns can still attend the new Victoria Hospital Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).


Successful Transfer of Western A&E to the New South Glasgow University Hospital

The Western Infirmary’s Emergency Department (ED) closed on Saturday at 8am. All three adult emergency departments have now moved together to the South Glasgow University Hospital, the final wards will move from Gartnavel General Hospital.

Yorkhill Accident and Emergency Closes Its Doors

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC), Yorkhill, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014, is being given a late birthday present - a brand spanking new world class hospital. The old Yorkhill will begin its journey to a new home this Wednesday when it’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department closes its doors and moves to the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children on the Southern campus. At 8.00 am on Wednesday the Yorkhill A&E will close and children under 16 years of age will then be treated at the new RSHSC.

University Handed Keys to New Teaching and Learning Building

The University of Glasgow has received the keys to the new Teaching & Learning Centre at the South Glasgow University Hospital. The £25m facility will be operational from July and will provide a world-class training environment for the clinical years of the undergraduate medical degree students, postgraduate students and NHS professionals undertaking continuing professional development courses. The four-storey building houses three floors jointly developed by the University and the NHS devoted to learning and teaching facilities, including a 500-seat auditorium, as well as social and public spaces, conference spaces, teaching spaces, a learning resources centre, clinical skills facility and a teaching laboratory.


Royal Honour for Scotland’s Newest Hospital Facilities as Her Majesty the Queen Performs Official Opening Ceremony

Her Majesty the Queen has today officially opened the new south Glasgow hospitals and Teaching and Learning Centre at a special ceremony attended by 300 guests.
Following today’s official opening ceremony the three centres of excellence will be named:
- The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow
- The Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow
- The Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre – Stratified Medicine Scotland

Accompanied by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty toured The Royal Hospital for Children and The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and met with patients and staff.


Open letter from NHSGGC chairman regarding renaming of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

The official opening of the new hospitals by The Queen was an historic and proud occasion for the City and in particular the staff of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and our patients.

The smiles of delight from our staff who were excited to see and, in some cases meet The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, set the tone for the day.

There were a number of key reasons why the decision was taken to change the hospital’s name.

Concerns had been expressed by senior clinical officers, which I understood, that the title ‘South Glasgow University Hospital’ did not properly represent the population served by the new hospital. The hospital is used by the western catchment area north of the river as well as many people outside the south of Glasgow and indeed patients from across the west of Scotland and nationally for some specialist services. In listening to these views it was therefore considered important to recognise the wider population being served and remove the geographical term ‘South Glasgow'.

In addition, we felt it was important to draw a stronger distinction between the name of the new hospital and the old Southern General.

Staff from the three adult hospitals which were closing were not simply moving to join colleagues at the Southern General. The Southern General was also closing and its staff too were moving into the new hospital.

It was considered therefore that given this was an entirely new hospital it also required a new name and distinct identity.

Cabinet Secretary tops out £12.4 Million Maryhill Health & Social Care Centre

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, today performed the topping out ceremony of the new £12.4 million Health and Social Care Centre in Maryhill.

Work began on the state-of-the-art facility in December 2014 and is planned to be completed by spring 2016.

Health Secretary officially opens new Shields Health & Care Centre 

An award winning new £2.7 million Health and Care Centre has been officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison.

The new Shields Health and Care Centre is a modern, purpose built facility for the people of East Pollokshields.
The innovative new centre offers local people the ability to see a wide range of community services all under the one roof – and also includes a self-sustaining community garden which is managed by a third sector organisation, Urban Roots.


New Chair appointed to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison, today announced the appointment of the new Chair of Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board.

Mr John Brown will take up the post on 1 December 2015, when the current Chair is due to stand down.

Mr Brown’s early career included a variety of jobs across different Government Departments and Agencies, including the Department of Health & Social Security, Benefits Agency, Child Support Agency and the Contributions Agency.

Since June 2014 he has been employed as Company Secretary of the Student Loans Company. Prior to this Mr Brown was a Senior Civil Servant and held a variety of challenging leadership roles at HM Revenue & Customs and the Inland Revenue. He is a Chartered Management Accountant, has an MBA degree from the University of Glasgow and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management.

In 2010, Mr Brown was awarded a CBE in recognition of his contribution to improving leadership in the public sector.

NHSGGC chairman retires after two decades of service to the NHS

Andrew Robertson, NHSGGC Chairman, has retired following more than 20 consecutive years of service to the NHS in the Greater Glasgow area.

After eight years as Chair of the largest health authority in the UK, Andrew has steered NHSGGC through a period of significant change and reform.

Paying tribute to his major contribution to the NHS, Robert Calderwood, NHSGGC Chief Executive, said: “Andrew has made a significant contribution to not only the work of the board, but to public life within the city and beyond over the last 22 years.


Iconic Glasgow Royal Infirmary Commemorates Medical Block Centenary

A special event has been held to mark the centenary of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings .

The Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s (GRI) medical block, formally known as the Queen Victoria Jubilee block, was opened by King George V, the Queen and Princess Mary to commemorate the 1897 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Albert Hodge was employed to model the carved decoration on the infirmary's facade and in 1914 produced the bronze statue of Queen Victoria which sits above the entrance. The statue is inscribed ‘This building was erected to commemorate the sixty-five years illustrious reign of Queen Victoria. The work was commenced in the year 1905 and completed in 1915’.

When opened in 1915, the new block was in the forefront of hospital design with stress being laid upon minimising noise and the importance of cleanliness.

The building comprises of 10 medical wards, housing 171 beds and includes the Glasgow Royal Infirmary Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre.

Andrew Robertson, former chairman of NHSGGC, said: “The Glasgow Royal Infirmary is a facility that has played a central role in not only caring for the west of Scotland’s sick, but has revolutionised healthcare around the world.
“Joseph Lister pioneered antiseptic surgery while at the GRI, it was the first hospital in the world to have systematic training courses for nurses and the first hospital known to have an X-ray unit.

“Another proud first for the hospital is James McCune Smith, the first African American to hold a medical degree, who trained at this very hospital. This was while he studied at the University of Glasgow after being denied admission to New York universities due to racial discrimination.

“This fine building now plays host to around 100 of our wonderful staff on a daily basis. They are carrying on the hospital’s fine traditions and their compassion and hard work can be seen every single day.

“I want to say a heartfelt thank you to them for their ongoing dedication, but also to all those who have worked here over the years and played their role in shaping Glasgow’s healthcare.

“The Queen Victoria Jubilee block is a proud part of a Glasgow icon and I’m sure we’ll see the Queen sitting proudly in her spot here for many years to come.”

The original Royal Infirmary building was opened in December 1794 on the ruins of the Bishop’s Castle which dated from at least the 13th century. It was a huge achievement of the time, being the first permanent facility offering emergency care to the city.

When first opened, the four storey hospital, designed by Robert Adam and completed under the direction of his brother James, had just 136 beds. The GRI is now a large teaching hospital with more than 1,000 beds, a range of local and national services including one of the busiest emergency departments in Scotland.

By the 1890s it was felt that there was an urgent need to replace the old infirmary buildings due to a lack of bed spaces and outdated operating facilities.

The Lord Provost of Glasgow, David Richmond, told the hospital’s board in March 1897 that he wished to commemorate the 60th anniversary year of the reign of Queen Victoria by replacing the historic Adams’ medical block with a modern hospital building – the Queen Victoria Jubilee block.

The GRI has provided treatment for people across the west of Scotland for more than two centuries. During that time, the Royal has seen some remarkable people work in its wards.

Lord Joseph Lister, the father of modern surgery, introduced his antiseptic methods in the hospital’s wards and theatres in the 1860s. The world’s first organised training course for nurses was introduced by Sir William McEwan and the matron in 1893.

In 1896 John Macintyre established the world’s first X-ray unit at the hospital and the UK’s first specialist burns unit was opened in the hospital in the 1920s.

Scotland's largest health board to develop plans for the use of e-cigarettes on its grounds

The Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has approved a policy change that will permit the use of e-cigarettes in designated areas within the health board’s healthcare grounds.

The decision was taken following the emergence of new evidence from a range of sources which show e-cigarettes to be an effective tool in tackling harmful tobacco smoking rates.

The move is also consistent with guidance recently published by Health Scotland which recommends that NHS smoking cessation services should support those choosing to quit smoking by using e-cigarettes.

The board also considered that allowing the controlled use of e-cigarettes on healthcare grounds will further support the drive to make all NHSGGC sites completely tobacco free in line with the national policy.