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CLARIFICATION ON CHANGES TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES IN INVERCLYDE

August 23, 2006 1:24 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde today moved to clarify what the recent changes to children's services across Inverclyde will mean for local families

Brian Cowan, Medical Director explained: "We know from feedback that some families may be confused about what these changes will mean from them.

"We therefore want to take this opportunity to explain what the changes will mean for families and emphasise that they will not affect the majority of local children who will continue to access local hospital and community based services across Inverclyde.

"One of the key points we want to highlight is that these changes do not affect A&E services so if your child requires urgent treatment they will continue to be seen by A&E staff at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.The Children's Ward at Inverclyde Royal Hospital will remain open and will continue to provide the full range of outpatient and day surgery services for children."

The main change will only affect a small number of children (on average around one child a day) currently seen within the Acute Assessment Unit in the Children's Ward at Inverclyde Royal Hospital as this Unit will transfer to the 24hr assessment service at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

In addition, a number of improvements are being made to children's services across Inverclyde that will benefit a large number of families. For example, the existing community children's nursing team will be expanded to provide more support to families in their own home, particularly parents of children with complex needs and chronic illnesses

A new purpose-built Children's Centre will be developed within the exiting Children's Ward at Inverclyde Royal Hospital. This will bring hospital, community nursing, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and a range of council services for children together under one roof and improve accommodation and facilities for local children and their families

Waiting times for children's outpatient clinics will be reduced with more urgent appointments seen within 24 - 72hrs. The numbers of nurses working within A&E will also be increased to further reduce waiting times. In addition, a number of more specialist services for children will be introduced including a new Nurse Specialist for epilepsy

The changes and improvements will be introduced over the next few months and local children's services staff will ensure families are kept updated as plans progress.

Further Information contact 0141 201 4429.

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