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NEW MATERNITY WARD OPENS AT GLASGOW ROYAL INFIRMARY

November 14, 2006 9:40 AM

New maternity ward opens at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

One of Scotland's largest maternity units, The Princess Royal Maternity (PRM), has opened a new ward.

16 beds from the South Wing at The Queen Mothers Hospital (QMH) have transferred to the PRM and an additional two beds have been created to make the new 18-bed ward on level six of the hospital.

South Wing at the QMH has now closed, with 16 staff volunteering to transfer to the new PRM ward. This ward closure marks the first step towards implementing the agreed modernisation plans for Glasgow to have two maternity hospitals and the eventual closure of the QMH, which is currently anticipated to be at the end of 2008.

Dr Alan Mathers, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Clinical Director for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said: "Extra ward areas were incorporated in the original design of the PRM when it opened in 2001 on the Glasgow Royal Infirmary site. The extra beds will enable staff to use the whole of the building more efficiently. This is in keeping with the original design plans and is a further step along the path to providing accommodation for over 6,000 births a year."

He added: "The staff who have transferred from The Queen Mother's Hospital are a welcome addition to the Princess Royal Maternity team as they bring new ideas, always a plus for forward looking services."

When the QMH closes, mums will either deliver their babies at the PRM or the Southern General Maternity Unit, which is about to undergoing a major refurbishment.The new Royal Hospital for Sick Children will be built on the Southern General site next to the maternity hospital to provide the gold standard of triple co-location with adult acute services.

For those mums who will now deliver at the PRM following the opening of the new ward at level six, antenatal care and parent craft classes will continue to be provided in the West End of the city.Work is also underway to identify permanent accommodation in the West End for antenatal care to ensure woman can continue to access these services locally when the QMH closes completely.

Rosslyn Crocket, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Director of Woman's and Children's Services, said: "This is one of the first steps in the redesign of Glasgow's maternity services that will see the city provided with two first class maternity units with direct links to adult acute care and paediatric support."

Ms Crocket added: "By reviewing the way we work we have been able to open the PRM ward for the benefit of mums and staff.It will significantly alleviate some of the pressure on a service that has a very high level of activity."

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For further information please contact the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Press Office on 0141 201 4429.

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