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STATEMENT ON WINTER PLANNING

November 07, 2003 1:54 PM

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow said:

"£500,000 has been identified from Greater Glasgow's delayed discharge funding to enable the acute trusts to prepare for this winter. This funding has been invested in a number of initiatives to support arrangements for treating medical emergencies. 

In North Glasgow, for example, discharge and transfer lounges have been established to ensure that patients who are ready to go home can be treated in these supervised areas, whilst freeing up beds so that new patients can be admitted quickly.

Other initiatives include:

Ø      Increased portering staff both north and south Glasgow hospitals

Ø      Improved pharmacy support in south Glasgow

Ø      Recruitment of specialist staff in north Glasgow to co-ordinate and oversee the management of beds during the winter beds

Ø      Improved access to ambulance services across the city

Ø      Additional nursing staff in both north and south Glasgow

"Of course as winter progresses, we will closely and continually review our ability to meet these challenges and respond with flexibility, working closely with our clinical colleagues, to make best use of our resources at what is undoubtedly a difficult time for the NHS. "

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For further information, contact Sandra Moir on 0141 201 4314.

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