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DEVELOPING AND IMPROVING LOCAL OUT-OF-HOURS CARE: PROPOSED RELOCATION OF THE GP OUT-OF-HOURS CENTRE FOR EAST GLASGOW

October 11, 2004 9:00 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow is consulting on a proposal to relocate the GEMS NHS GP out-of-hours centre for East Glasgow from its existing base in Lightburn Hospital to a new base within the recently refurbished Easterhouse Community Health Centre.

The proposed move, which is part of a wider plan to develop and improve out-of-hours care across the city, would result in a number of benefits for patients and staff including:-

· Better waiting and consulting areas

· Good public transport links to the rest of the city – Easterhouse Community Health Centre is well served by bus links and is close to the M8. Existing patient transport services will continue to be provided

· Better access to parking for patients and staff – Easterhouse Community  Health Centre has two dedicated car parks

· Better communication between different health staff who provide out-of-hours care such as GPs and district nurses

· Better links between staff who work at the health centre during the day and those who provide a service out-of-hours

Dr Kenneth Harden, Medical Director for GEMS NHS, Greater Glasgow's GP out-of-hours service, said: "We are committed not only to maintaining the level and range of existing GP out-of-hours services across Greater Glasgow but also to further improving patient care."

He added: "This proposal will ensure patients across East Glasgow continue to have access to the same high quality local out-of-hours services delivered by the same staff from a new centre with better accommodation and facilities."

The proposed move is expected to result in a slight increase in pedestrian and car traffic around Easterhouse Community Health Centre.  The overall impact, however, is expected to be minimal as the health centre has its own car parks and attendances out-of-hours are far lower than normal daytime activity.

The proposal will be discussed with a range of local stakeholders over the next few months as part of a formal consultation. A summary leaflet will also be widely distributed to health facilities, community groups and voluntary organisations across East Glasgow to raise awareness of the proposed change and encourage feedback.  The following public meetings have also been organised:

Wednesday 3rd November 2004
Easterhouse Community Health Centre
9 Auchinlea Road, Easterhouse
1.30 – 3.00pm

Wednesday 3rd November 2004
Easterhouse Community Health Centre
9 Auchinlea Road, Easterhouse
7.00 – 8.30pm

Thursday 4th November 2004
Eastbank Health Promotion Centre
Eastbank Academy
22, Academy St, Shettleston
7.00 – 8.30pm


Copies of the consultation leaflet can be obtained from the NHS Greater Glasgow web site (www.nhsgg.org.uk) or by telephoning 0141 531 9016.  Anyone interested in commenting on the proposal can write to Murray Dickie, Eastern Glasgow Local Healthcare Co-operative, Parkhead Health Centre, 101 Salamanca Street, Glasgow, G31 5BA ([email protected]).

Comments are requested by Friday 10th December 2004.

ENDS

Media Contact – Elsbeth Campbell Tel:  0141 211 3891

Background Information
Glasgow Emergency Medical Service (GEMS), an independent co-operative run by Glasgow GPs, was established in February 1996 to provide a range of out-of-hours GP services to patients across the city. Patients, who are assessed by NHS 24 on behalf of GEMS, can receive home care advice, assessment and treatment at one of six GEMS centres across the city or a house call, where clinically necessary.  Before midnight GEMS clinic based services are provided at the Western Infirmary, Drumchapel Hospital, Stobhill Hospital, Lightburn Hospital, the Victoria Infirmary and Cardonald Clinic. After midnight, due to the reduced level of demand, services are provided at Stobhill Hospital and the Victoria Infirmary. Earlier this year, NHS Greater Glasgow approved plans to transfer GEMS into the NHS to ensure patients would continue to have access to the same high standards of out-of-hours medical care delivered by the same doctors and nurses. NHS Greater Glasgow is committed to maintaining the level and range of existing GP out-of-hours services and to exploring opportunities to further integrate these services with other NHS out-of-hours care such as community nursing. Around 250 GPs (over one third of all Glasgow's GPs) continue to provide out-of-hours services on a sessional basis.

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