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PLANS FOR GARTNAVEL SITE GET THE THUMBS UP

July 17, 2003 8:41 AM

The first stage of an ambitious plan to redevelop the Gartnavel Hospitals site has been given the green light by planning officials.

Glasgow City Councillors have given committee approval to an outline planning application, which forms part of a joint Masterplan by North Glasgow Trust and Greater Glasgow Primary Care NHS Trust - who jointly operate the site.

In one of the most comprehensive town planning exercises carried out by NHS Greater Glasgow in the past decade, the proposals for the 68.5-acre site in the west of Glasgow include:

A new purpose-built psychiatric hospital to replace existing inpatient facilities at Gartnavel Royal Hospital

A new acute teaching hospital for the west of Glasgow

A new multi-storey car park

Phased disposal of surplus NHS land and buildings

Redevelopment of the surplus land for residential use through the refurbishment of existing listed buildings to create around 100 homes and the creation of around 240 additional new homes

Improved single access to the site at the Great Western Road entrance.

The plan is still in the early stages of the approval process and a series of detailed applications for the site will now be pursued.

Tim Davison, Chief Executive, North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "This is an extremely exciting and positive Masterplan.  The proposals will provide brand new, purpose built acute and psychiatric hospital facilities, and at the same time facilitate a high quality residential development which will generate significant capital returns for the NHS."

"This decision by Glasgow Councillors is an important landmark in our proposals to redevelop the Gartnavel site and takes us a step closer to realising our vision of improving care for the people of Greater Glasgow."

Acute services in the west are currently provided from two hospitals - Gartnavel General and the Western Infirmary.  These sites are two miles apart. This presents many difficulties such as the routine movement of both patients and staff between the two sites. The plan proposes to transfer all hospital services from the Western Infirmary to a redeveloped Gartnavel General.  This would see all services provided in new modern buildings on one site.  This proposal has already had widespread support in the public consultation undertaken as part of the Acute Services Review. 

The application also incorporates plans for the complete redevelopment of acute psychiatric in-patient services for Gartnavel Royal as part of a wider strategy to modernise mental health services across the city and create 3 new psychiatric hospitals at Gartnavel, Stobhill and the Southern General to replace existing in-patient facilities at Gartnavel Royal, Parkhead and Leverndale.

Ian Reid, Chief Executive of Greater Glasgow Primary Care NHS Trust, said: "This is another milestone in our plans to improve mental health facilities across Greater Glasgow by providing modern purpose-built in-patient facilities on sites shared with acute general hospitals. The new psychiatric hospitals will have single rooms for patients, smaller wards, increased staffing levels, improved clinical and therapeutic areas and better educational facilities.

The plans in place for the Gartnavel location look set for it to become one of the key locations for medical care in the century ahead.

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

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