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NHS GREATER GLASGOW WELCOMES CALDER GROUP REPORT ON NEW CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOR GLASGOW

March 14, 2006 9:59 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow today welcomed the final report of the Calder Group and will now look constructively at the recommendations it makes.

The Board will now consult on the transfer of acute children's services from the Yorkhill site to the Southern General in Govan.

This consultation will be part of an ongoing dialogue with our staff, patients and other stakeholders to deliver paediatric, maternity and adult acute care on a single site by 2010/11.

The Calder group also concludes that maternity services at the Yorkhill site (Queen Mother's Hospital) are likely to become unsustainable at some point between 2007 and 2009.

One of the critical factors in determining when the QMH will close – and services transferred to the Princess Royal maternity and Southern General maternity units -is the impact ofmodernising medical careers (MMC).

The precise timing of this revised approach to medical training is not, as yet, clear however with this clear guidance on sustainability from the Calder Group we will quickly establish a process to bring together managers and clinicians to assess the impact and timing of MMC and plan a timescale for the closure of the QMH.

As part of this work we will examine the temporary loss of linked maternity and paediatric services with a view to finding the best interim solution for the care of identified high risk new born babies.

Tom Divers, NHS Greater Glasgow Chief Executive, said: " With the building of a new adult acute hospital on the Southern General site there is an ideal opportunity to examine possible ways of integrating paediatric, maternity and adult acute services.

"It is essential that everyone involved in these crucial planning stages maximise every opportunity to get the best possible hospital for children's services that we can for the resources available.

"It is important to emphasis that Glasgow and the rest of Scotland is losing nothing from these changes – instead the skills and dedication of the Yorkhill staff will be transferred to new and fit for purpose built facilities to deliver the very best services for many years to come."

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