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CONFIDENCE IN MODERNISATION

April 30, 2003 4:18 PM

AMID concerns over replacement NHS hospitals across Scotland resulting in reductions in acute bed numbers, NHS Greater Glasgow assures its city of a solid promise to deliver.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

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Greater Glasgow's £700m acute hospital modernisation programme will mark a ‘whole system change' in the way services are given.<o:p></o:p>

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It is the first of its kind in Scotland incorporating two major walk-in-walk-out hospitals labelled ACADs (Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic), which will be sited at Stobhill Hospital and Victoria Infirmary. Concentrating these services in this way will undoubtedly free resources for other needs elsewhere.<o:p></o:p>

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The total number of acute beds across the city at the completion of the rebuilding in 2011 has not yet been finalised, although NHS Greater Glasgow is confident the results will give the city the health care it deserves.<o:p></o:p>

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NHSGG can quash concerns over the increasing number of general medical admissions such as elderly and frail patients. It has been stressed since the birth of the modernisation plans that beds for such patients will be increased through more modern and effective use of acute beds for other types of care.<o:p></o:p>

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Tom Divers, Chief Executive of GGNHS Board, said: "We are confident that the total re-design of our acute hospital provision is the way to forward to improving services for the people of Greater Glasgow and the other West of Scotland regions it serves.<o:p></o:p>

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"These sort of commitments are irrespective of how the buildings are paid for. Whether the £700 million needed comes from direct government funding or from PFI (Private Finance Initiative) is irrelevant; the plans we are now implementing, following widespread consultation with clinicians, other health professionals, patients and partner organisations, would remain the same."<o:p></o:p>

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