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Board Agrees to Recommend Closure of Lightburn Hospital

August 16, 2011 1:10 PM

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The Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) today agreed to recommend the transfer of elderly rehabilitation inpatient services for the North and East of Glasgow from Lightburn Hospital to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Stobhill Hospital.

A redesign of inpatient services means that more patients will be treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Specialist inpatient rehabilitation for patients who have had a stroke or an orthopaedic treatment such as a hip replacement will receive this at Stobhill.

Anne Harkness, NHSGGC Director of Rehabilitation and Assessment, explained: “Patients in rehabilitation wards benefit from NHS staff developing specialist skills and also need good access to diagnostic investigations. Both Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the New Stobhill Hospital have key diagnostic facilities onsite which Lightburn does not have including a MRI scanner, CT scanner and ultrasound. Patients will also benefit from a range of other clinical staff on both sites.”

Board members also agreed to recommend that day hospital and outpatient services from Lightburn be transferred to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Transferring day hospital and outpatient services from Lightburn to Glasgow Royal Infirmary retains local access for patients and improves quality of care for patients by again improving access to key diagnostic facilities and ensuring patients benefit from a greater level of multi-disciplinary working with other services.

These transfers mean that Lightburn Hospital would close.

The Board’s recommendations will now be passed to Cabinet Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, for consideration.

The Board’s recommendations follow a four month period of full public consultation which saw NHSGGC engage with more than 700 patients, carers and other stakeholders.

Anne Harkness said: “The views from these groups have been central to the recommendations that have now been made to the Health Secretary and we are very grateful to all those who took the time to help us shape a re-designed elderly rehabilitation service for the north and east of the city. We recognise that many people have a strong attachment to the hospital but this proposal offers improved patient safety and quality which must be our top priority.”

A detailed transport needs assessment was completed to ensure that the impact of any changes for patients, carers and visitors was both understood and addressed. Following concerns raised at the Board meeting, the Board approved the recommendations of the transport needs assessment for immediate consideration and where appropriate implementation.

One such recommendation is to encourage uptake of the NHSGGC Free Evening Visitor Scheme. The scheme, which has been in place for a number of years, is very popular with visitors as it picks them up directly from their front door and drops them back again after they have visited a relative or friend in hospital.

By closing Lightburn Hospital and providing rehabilitation services to patients in higher quality accommodation together with on-site key diagnostic and specialist services NHSGGC will also save some £650,000 per annum.

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For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]  

Notes to Editors
During the consultation service users raised concerns about potentially having to use public transport to travel to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Stobhill. However the findings of the transport assessment demonstrate that there is in fact limited use of public transport by either patients or visitors. For example on average some 74 per cent of inpatient visitors currently travel to Lightburn by car.
Travel issues for day hospital and outpatient patients were also scrutinised however some 91 per cent of day hospital patients arrive by Scottish Ambulance Service patient transport and the location of these services did not feature strongly in the views of patients consulted.

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