Consultation on the possible closure of Lightburn Hospital has been extended until Monday 13th December.
The deadline for comments has been moved back two weeks to ensure every opportunity is given for people to comment on the proposals - including specific proposals that have emerged during the consultation period for day hospital and outpatient services.
Anne Harkness, NHSGGC Director of Rehabilitation and Assessment, explained: “When we launched consultation on the transfer of inpatient rehabilitation beds at the end of August, we said that we would also be seeking views on possible alternative locations for the day hospital and outpatient services provided at Lightburn.
“Over the past few months we have talked to patients, relatives and community groups – as well as our own staff.
“People told us they want local access to these services and that outpatients and Day Hospital should not transfer to Stobhill Hospital.
“These comments were used to shape the proposals that have since been developed for outpatient and day hospital services.
“In recent weeks we have included these specific proposals for outpatient and day hospital services as part of the wider consultation on the future of inpatient rehabilitation services in the east of the city.
“We have arranged a variety of public events. Unfortunately turnout at some events has been limited. We have therefore decided to extend the consultation by a further two weeks to ensure everyone has an opportunity to comment – and will be holding additional sessions in the local community during this time.”
The specific proposals that have been developed for outpatient and day hospital services are:
• transfer consultant and nurse-led clinics from Lightburn to Glasgow Royal Infirmary
• provide day hospital services over two locations - Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Easterhouse Health Centre
• local patient support groups currently meeting at Lightburn Hospital would be helped to find other suitable accommodation in the local community
All feedback received during the consultation period will then be used to inform decision reached by the Board at its meeting in December.
A 12-week consultation process was launched on 30th August and we are keen to hear the views of local people, their representatives, service users and interested parties.
Under our preferred option most patients will continue to use only Glasgow Royal Infirmary whilst in hospital, however, for around 450 patients per year who require longer term rehabilitation, this would be within Stobhill Hospital rather than Lightburn Hospital.
There are a number of reasons why we need to change the way we deliver inpatient services.
There are clinical advantages to having beds on fewer sites such as reducing pressure on medical staffing. The new Stobhill hospital also has brand-new diagnostic facilities including MRI scanner, CT scanner and ultrasound. Lightburn Hospital only has limited part time X-ray facilities which require significant investment to bring up to current standards.
Also all the rehabilitation wards at Lightburn Hospital require refurbishment to bring them up to modern healthcare standards. By contrast, in early 2011, 48 brand new rehabilitation beds will become available in purpose-built accommodation at New Stobhill Hospital. It would not be practical or cost-effective to leave the newly-built beds at Stobhill Hospital vacant.
There are potential cost savings to the Board if all services can be relocated away from Lightburn Hospital.
Under these proposals outpatient and day hospital services will continue to be provided locally.