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CHILDREN TO HELP DESIGN NEW HOSPITAL

February 23, 2006 3:46 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow now awaits a ministerial decision as to where the new children's hospital will be built, and looks forward to getting on with this exciting project, that will deliver gold-standard paediatric services for the West of Scotland and beyond.

"We do, wherever possible, engage with young people in creating new services. For example, children and young people have been involved in helping to design a teenage ward at the new Beatson, and a new inpatient centre for adolescents with mental health problems. Sometimes when you ask children and young people what facilities they want you get the usual responses - PlayStations and DVDs - but also some unexpected ones; a quiet room for reading and beds for parents to stay over at night."

The subject was discussed at this week's NHS Greater Glasgow Board meeting, where Chairman Professor Sir John Arbuthnott outlined hopes of involving patients and communities in planning the development. Sir John said: "We are setting out to build an outstanding children's hospital. You don't do that without consulting children.

NHS Greater Glasgow has expressed a wish that young people be involved in the design, possibly having input into layout, facilities and colour schemes.

The £100 million facility will be a world-class hospital, located on the same site as adult acute services and a maternity unit, at a location yet to be determined.

NHS Greater Glasgow will ensure children are involved in the design of the city's new Children's Hospital.

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