Scotland's newest health authority serving one in five Scots officially comes into existence today. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will see 44,000 staff serve a total population of 1,196,335 people, with a total budget of £2.2 billion.
The new health board joins the urban centres of the former Argyll and Clyde population with the former Greater Glasgow, and combines them to form NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The massive new organisation hosts some of the most specialised health services in the country, including cardiothoracic services, the Beatson Oncology Centre, the new West of Scotland Cancer Care Centre, the Institute of Neurological Sciences, transplant services, A&E facilities, world-class paediatricians, obstetricians and psychiatrists.
Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, is looking forward to the future: "All of us here at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are looking forward to delivering better health and better emergency intervention, in our hospitals and in our communities. The sheer scale of our new board will, we hope, allow us to strive for new levels of excellence.
"Everyone living in our new health board area should be reassured that the quality of service you get, and the way in which you get it, will be the same next week as it was last week. We're looking to learn from each other over time, and to improve standards for everyone."
A total of 853 GPs in 280 practices, 577 dentists in 260 practices, 1209 consultants, 300 pharmacies and 182 opticians' practices will serve the new combined population, supported by locally-based teams of community nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, sexual health advisers and smoking cessation teams.
Close working relationships between hospital and community based staff aim to deliver more streamlined, better-coordinated services for patients. This will create opportunities to share good practice and achieve a consistent, coordinated approach to the development of future services.
Professor Sir John Arbuthnott said: "We have a joint health agenda, which we are confident will improve health and access to services for all the people living in our expanded area".
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