People across Renfrewshire and Inverclyde are being given the opportunity to have their say on proposed new arrangements for the provision of specialist inpatient physical disability services, as well as community-based care, for adults living in the area.
Patients, patients’ carers, NHS staff, charitable and voluntary organisations and the general public are being invited to contribute their views to a 12-week consultation launched today.
The proposals, already the subject of a pre-consultation and engagement process with a wide range of stakeholders, are the result of a board wide review of specialist inpatient services for adults with a physical impairment.
The proposals recommend the transfer of inpatient assessment and rehabilitation and continuing care physical disability beds from Islay Cottage on the Merchiston Hospital site to the Southern General Hospital. This would see Islay Cottage, the only building on the entire hospital site still in use, closing.
This change will impact on around 31 patient admissions a year. Patients currently in Islay Cottage would be fully supported through the change by independent advocates and each patient would have an individual care plan agreed for their future care.
Also included in the proposals is the reconfiguration of inpatient beds so that Ward 53 at the Southern General Hospital will provide continuing care and respite services. Rehabilitation and assessment services would be provided across the Southern General and Inverclyde Royal Hospital sites.
Resources made available by the changes will be reinvested in the new pattern of services, providing more staff in community settings and in supporting local authority provision.
Meetings with patients, their relatives and carers, and staff will be organised during the consultation period. Although no public meetings have been organised at this stage we are keen that anyone who would wish to attend a public meeting let us know as soon as possible allowing us to be as flexible as possible on dates and times. We are also happy to organise one-to-one meetings with anyone who has an interest in disability services in Clyde.
Anyone who wishes to put their views forward can telephone us on 0800 027 7246 or visit our website at www.nhsggc.org.uk and make an email submission.
Alternatively anyone can write with their views to:
Inpatient Disability Services in Clyde
c/o John Hamilton
Head of Board Administration
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
350 St Vincent Street
Notes to Editors
In April 2006, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) took responsibility for the health care of people living in Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire and all of East Renfrewshire.
Along with this responsibility NHSGGC inherited a number of service reviews that the former NHS Argyll and Clyde had been unable to complete.
A review of adult inpatient disability rehabilitation services was begun by NHS Argyll and Clyde in 2004 but not finished. NHSGGC undertook to complete this review and widen its scope to include all specialist inpatient services for adults with physical impairment.
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