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PUBLIC TO GIVE VIEWS ON GLASGOW'S NEW CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

April 03, 2006 10:13 AM

Glasgow's new children's hospital took a major step forward today (Monday, 3rd April), with the launch of a consultation on its proposed new location at the Southern General.

The new £100million hospital - which will treat patients from all over Scotland - will be built alongside maternity and adult hospital services. 

This will ensure immediate access to specialist services of all kinds and therefore the highest quality and safety standards for mothers, children and babies alike in the event of any complications. 

The 67-acre Southern General campus has been recommended as the best site for the new hospital because, uniquely in Glasgow, it has the required adult services for very unwell mothers, a maternity unit and land available next to the present maternity unit to accommodate the hospital.

Launching the consultation, Tom Divers Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said;

"Over the past few months, there has been a lot of well-publicised discussion and engagement with stakeholders on a new Children's Hospital in Glasgow.  Up till now, however, there has been no formal consultation on the proposal.  This is now required.

"As well as seeking comments on the transfer of children's services from Yorkhill to the Southern General, we also see this consultation as the start of a process of long-term meaningful engagement.

"We are therefore taking the opportunity to ask some initial questions about service models for the new hospital. We are also seeking views on the provision of local maternity services for the west of Glasgow when the Yorkhill campus transfers. 

"And to help shape our future engagement, we are asking for comments to how best to involve children, parents and staff as the design and construction of the new children's hospital goes ahead." The consultation continues until 2nd June. During this time, the public will be able to contribute their views in different ways including a major workshop, via an interactive website and in writing. 

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For further information, including copies of the full consultation paper and a summary leaflet, please contact the Press Office on 0141 201 4429.

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