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MINISTER PRAISES STAFF AND NEW FACILITES AT GLASGOW ROYAL INFIRMARY

July 16, 2003 2:36 PM

July 2003, delighted to welcome Malcolm Chisholm, Minister for Health and Community Care, when he visited the hospital as part of his summer tour.thStaff at Glasgow Royal Infirmary were, today, 16

Mr Chisholm met staff and patients as he toured the all new Accident and Emergency and Acute Medical Receiving Units within the Jubilee Building – opened in late 2002.

Describing the new Units, the Health Minister said: "These are a fine example of the kind of modern facilities being developed within NHS Scotland which we hope will be rolled out across Scotland."

He also praised staff for their dedication and commitment to patient care, as the new facilities came into operation and continued to develop.

Mr Chisholm said: "I am very much impressed by the standards of care and levels of service I have seen this morning.  I was delighted to see many of the dedicated staff I met at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary enjoying the new facilities provided in the Jubilee Building. "

Staff from the Acute Medical Receiving Unit explained how the new ward admits medical emergency patients from the A&E department, for assessment, treatment and subsequent transfer to specialist wards.  This one-stop rapid diagnosis and transfer service can be provided because of the Units close proximity to the A&E and Radiology departments and its priority access to laboratory services.

Tim Davison, Chief Executive of North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust, welcomed Mr Chisholm's comments.  He said: "The new facilities here are designed to improve patient care for the people of Greater Glasgow.  We constantly strive to better our services and the Jubilee Building is one of many improvements in the Trust's programme of investment.

century is just part of our planned improvements for the people we serve.  It's also about redesigning services and improving patient care at all levels and that also means providing staff with the best training, equipment and working environments."st"Building modern hospitals fit for the 21

The new Jubilee Building, which also houses a state-of-the-art Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, an Orthopaedic Surgery Inpatient Unit and Coronary Care Unit, was part of a  £60 million investment - funded by the Treasury. 

This investment, within the Glasgow Royal Infirmary site, is an example of the massive improvements already underway for the whole of NHS Greater Glasgow.

More than £700 million has already been earmarked for major acute healthcare improvements across Greater Glasgow between now and 2011.  This will include building new hospitals, redeveloping others and installing the latest lifesaving equipment.

Notes to Editor:

·        The new Accident & Emergency Department replaces the old facility on Castle Street and has been completely re-equipped. It incorporates large treatment rooms for patients with major injuries, a separate minor injuries unit, a resuscitation unit with six bays, two X-ray facilities, a patient cleaning room for treating patients at risk of chemical contamination and superior staff facilities. 

·        The new Acute Medical Receiving Unit is a spacious, well-designed ward with a combination of single, four and six-bed rooms - a far cry from the current Victorian wards in the old Infirmary buildings.

For further information please contact Emma Gregory on 0141 201 3964 or e-mail [email protected]

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