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PROCESS TO RELOCATE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BEGINS

June 24, 2005 12:00 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow today welcomed the Ministerial announcement of the independent Calder Group which will work with us to identify the most appropriate site for the new children's hospital alongside adult and maternity services.

Tom Divers, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow said:"We are delighted with today's announcement as it enables us to start the process to deliver what our clinicians unanimously tell us is the gold standard of integrated healthcare for children and mothers."

Setting the criteria to deliver the gold standard triple co-location by 2009 -10 will be key to the site appraisal process once it begins.

The site for the new children's hospital has to be on an acute adult inpatient hospital site of which Glasgow will have three; the Southern General, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Gartnavel General.

As the £100 million is specifically earmarked for a new children's hospital, the chosen site would also have to be located with existing maternity services and infrastructure.

Of the three adult inpatient hospitals only two have integrated maternity services and fulfil the criteria necessary to deliver the gold standard triple co-location of adult, maternity and paediatric and they are; Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Southern General Hospital.

Mr Morgan Jamieson, Medical Director, Yorkhill, said:"We welcome today's announcement on the membership and remit of the Calder Group and are eager to begin the process that will provide us with facilities and services that are fit for the 21st Century.

"Being able to combine child, maternal and adult services on a single site will allow NHS Greater Glasgow to offer the best model of modern care to all our patients."

Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow, added:"We can now get on with a process that will allow us to build a flagship hospital for the people of Glasgow for generations to come."

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