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2017


January

New £12.4 Million Maryhill Health & Care Centre officially opened by Cabinet Secretary for Health

The new £12.4 million state-of-the-art Maryhill Health and Care Centre was officially opened today (Monday, 16 January) by Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport.

Glasgow leads the world on bleeding treatment

Glasgow is leading the world on managing patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

The international study found that a scoring system developed in Glasgow to identify which patients need to be admitted to hospital following an upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleed was the best way to assess and manage these patients around the world.

The Glasgow Blatchford Score (GBS) was developed by a now retired Glasgow Public Health Consultant, Dr Oliver Blatchford in 2000 and is already being used in hospitals around the world including the USA, Europe, New Zealand and Singapore. The GBS looks at a patient’s description of symptoms, pulse and blood pressure, as well as two blood tests which are available in the first hour after they attend hospital.


February

New £40 Million Parkhead Health & Social Care Hub confirmed as Glasgow HSCP priority

The prospect of a new £40 million state-of-the-art Health and Social Care Hub in Parkhead moved one step closer today.
The Glasgow Integration Joint Board (IJB) agreed that the project should be a priority for the Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) for future investment. It was also agreed that full engagement on the proposal should be carried out by the HSCP between March and May.

As far back as 2013, the current health centre has been assessed as requiring modernisation and expansion in order to continue meeting the needs of the local population in the medium to long term.

While still fit for purpose, the building is not suitable for the provision of 21st century health and social care services. This is exacerbated by the expectation that more care will be provided out with hospital settings in the local community.


March

Glasgow midwife selected to be one of the first Queen’s Nurses in almost 50 years

A community midwife in Glasgow has been selected to be part of the first group of Queen’s Nurses in 48 years.

Hilary Alba, a community midwife manager with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Special Needs in Pregnancy (SNIPS) team, will now take part in the professional development programme run by The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS).

Once they have completed the development programme, the modern Queen’s Nurses will work to promote health improvement and delivery of services in the local community.

The SNIPS team manages women with the most complex social needs. Hilary’s role is focused on providing community midwifery service to women who are asylum seekers, have experienced people trafficking or female genital mutilation.
Hilary started her career as a midwife at the Princess Royal Maternity, but since last March has been combining a managerial role with community midwifery in addition to lecturing at the University of the West of Scotland.


April

£2.2M investment set to create world class support facilities at The Beatson

Work is set to begin to create a £2.2m world-class support hub at Scotland’s biggest cancer centre.

Macmillan Cancer Support is investing the money to transform the entrance of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.
The work, due to begin on April 24, will see the front entrance extended and extensively refurbished over around nine months.

The new space will host a range of support services for people with cancer and their families including a much larger Macmillan Information and Support Centre, a children’s and teenagers area and a landscaped garden.

It will also use natural light, art and interior design to create a relaxed and comfortable space.

£35 million funding secured for two new Health & Social Care Hubs in Gorbals and Woodside

Two new multi-million pound state-of-the-art Health and Social Care Hubs in the Gorbals and Woodside are set to be open to local residents by the end of 2018.

Funding has now been secured in a move which will improve health and social care services in both areas and deliver modern facilities fit for the 21st century.

The existing health centres in the Gorbals and Woodside, both dating from the 1970s, are no longer suitable for delivering the 21st century health and social care services necessary to meet the needs of the local population in the long term.
Both new centres will provide an important platform in expanding clinical services in the community by supporting the integration of health and social care services.

Based in Sandiefield Road, the new Gorbals health and social care centre will house services including GP surgeries, social services, treatment rooms and community spaces.

Replacing the existing centre in Barr Street, the new Woodside centre at Doncaster Street will host services such as GP surgeries, dental services, physiotherapy, older people day services, district nursing, and the older people’s team.

It is anticipated there would be positive economic and regeneration impacts in the two areas as a consequence of bringing together a number of public services into two dedicated sites alongside a wide range of existing shops and leisure facilities.


June

Two top design awards in two days for new Eastwood Health and Care Centre 

The new Eastwood Health and Care Centre in Clarkston which opened last summer, has had a great week...scooping two prestigious design awards in two days.

The first accolade came on Tuesday evening at the European Healthcare Awards.

The £15m state of the art building in East Renfrewshire won a design award for buildings under 25,000 sq feet and beat off stiff competition from others including a new cancer hospital at Guy’s hospital in London.

On Wednesday evening in Edinburgh, it was the turn of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) to bestow an award on the new centre, which picked up one of its main awards.

The Health and Care Centre was officially opened by the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell in October and houses many social care services and provides space for voluntary groups of all kinds.


July

Building work completed at Orchard View - Inverclyde’s new £7.3 million Continuing Care Hospital

Building work on Orchard View, the £7.3 million Inverclyde Adult and Older Peoples Continuing Care Hospital, has now been completed.

The contemporary healthcare facility, located in a prominent location on the Inverclyde Royal Hospital grounds, has now been handed over to Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).

The facility is set to provide adult and older peoples’ continuing care mental health accommodation, with a particular focus on delivering a dementia friendly environment.


August

HSGGC plans £9.8m expansion of Rowanbank Clinic

As part of its ongoing commitment to mental health services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has given approval to proceed to Full Business Case for the expansion of Rowanbank Clinic in Glasgow. The plan would see bed numbers increase to 92 by the end of 2019.

Rowanbank Clinic is a medium secure psychiatric unit on the Stobhill campus, with 74 adult beds. This facility provides services for adults with mental health problems who may pose a risk to others or have the potential to commit an offence because they are unwell.

The Unit provides specialist treatment and support in modern, purpose-built accommodation designed to meet individualised patient needs.

Board agrees £40.5 Million business cases for new Greenock and Clydebank Health & Care Centres

The prospect of a new £21.2 million state-of-the-art Health and Care Centre in Greenock and a new £19.3 million centre in Clydebank moved one step closer today (Tuesday, 15 August).

A meeting of our board agreed the outline business cases which will now be submitted to the Scottish Government’s Capital Investment Group for funding.

The current main Greenock and Clydebank Health Centres are not suitable for the provision of 21st century health and social care services. This is exacerbated by the expectation that more care will be provided out with hospital settings in the local community.


September

Modern Apprentice programme celebrates successful year & welcomes 60 new apprentices

Forty young people have been celebrated at an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde awards ceremony following the successful completion of their Modern Apprenticeships (MA).

Scotland’s largest health board offers apprenticeships in 14 different job roles to help young people gain access to quality training opportunities in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College.

All apprentices signed up to a learning programme with on-the-job training roles including nursing assistants, radiotherapy assistants, healthcare support workers and administrators.

In addition to the 40 graduates, another 60 have been confirmed in roles for the third cohort.
At the ceremony, Craig Monteith was declared Modern Apprentice of the Year for demonstrating consistently outstanding ability and commitment during the course.

Runner up awards were presented to Connor Stepney, a multi-skilled estates technician and Ross McGruer, a digital print assistant in medical illustration. All three awards were supported by public service unions Unite and Unison.

Nurse Returns to Glasgow Royal Infirmary – 68 Years After She Left

A 93-year-old former nurse has made a nostalgic trip to the hospital where she trained in the 1940s.
Agnes Kay, who now lives in Newcastle was visiting Glasgow but longed to see her former workplace. After a quick phone call from her nephew, her wish was granted.

Agnes trained as a nurse in the Royal at the end of the Second World War, from 1945-1949, when the hospital had already gained world-wide recognition as a centre of excellence for advances in medicine.

A delighted Agnes said:”It was wonderful to be back in the Royal after all these years. It brought back so many lovely memories of my time there. It was also very nice of the team to give up their time to give me the tour; I had a lovely time.”


October

Sandyford develops new response to tackle stigma experienced by transgender patients

Harassment and discrimination experienced by transgender people is being challenged by Sandyford, our specialised sexual health service.

The Gender Identity Service at Sandyford is receiving increasing numbers of referrals for patients wanting to transition from one sex to another.

There were 215 referrals to the young people’s Gender Identity Clinic in the year from October 2016 and 335 referrals to the adult clinic in the same period. Many of these patients have experienced some forms of discrimination.

Scottish Transgender Alliance research has shown 62% of transgender people have experienced transphobic harassment from strangers while 52% have received discrimination or harassment from work colleagues.


November

Glasgow Pharmacist Gets National Recognition

A Glasgow pharmacist has been honoured for her dedication and expert clinical knowledge.
Lesley Murray is an Advanced Pharmacist for Neurosciences at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) and she received a commendation in the Outstanding Pharmacist category in this year’s QuDoS in MS awards.

As the pharmacy lead for neurosciences within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lesley is responsible for advising the Health Board and Scottish Medicines Consortium on the potential impact of disease modifying therapies (DMTs) in the multiple sclerosis (MS) service.

She is an invaluable source of pharmaceutical knowledge for patients, consultants, specialist nurses and fellow pharmacists and supports the team in managing the introduction of new medicines for MS.

Lesley has developed the role of pharmacists in MS research through the supervision of several projects gaining real-world experience with DMTs.


December

Scotland’s specialist spinal unit celebrates 25 years of life-changing work

It’s a place that has seen tears and triumph, despair and determination, but in its 25 years the Spinal Unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has undoubtedly touched, and changed the lives of many.

Since opening in 1992, in what was then the Southern General campus, staff have treated more than 3500 patients and a further 120 new patients each year who have traumatic spinal cord injury - and remain with them throughout their lives.

This allows them to maximise their ability to function and to prevent complications of paralysis.

Put simply, it’s the place patients are brought to from all over Scotland following catastrophic spinal injuries.

Karen McCarron is the senior charge nurse in the outpatient clinic and has worked at the unit since it first opened its doors.

Over 25 years, she has seen a lot of changes, not only in the care and treatment for patients, but also the age of patients coming into the unit with injuries.