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Western Infirmary Accident and Emergency Closes Its Doors

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Western Infirmary will begin its journey to a new home this Saturday (30th) when it’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department closes its doors and moves to the Emergency Department in the new world-class South Glasgow University Hospital (SGUH). 

At 8.00 am on Saturday the Western’s A&E will close and patients with serious injuries and major emergencies should attend the new SGUH in Govan, or if you live in the Summerston or Maryhill areas you should attend A&E at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. 

Patients with minor injuries such as cuts, broken bones, sprains and minor burns can still be treated at the Western at a newly established West Glasgow Minor Injuries Unit which will operate on the site until October 2015 when it will then transfer to the Yorkhill site. 

Or if patients live in the Summerston or Maryhill areas they can attend the Minor Injuries Unit in Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s A&E or Stobhill’s Minor Injuries Unit. 

A wealth of Information about the new hospitals, the moves and how it affects patients and transport can be found on our website via a dedicated new hospitals portal www.nhsggc.org.uk/newhospitals.  This includes three new animated films on travelling to the new hospital campus and arriving and using the new SGUH and the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC). 

The Western is being moved on a phased basis with the A&E Department and inpatients moving between the 30th and 31st May.  The outpatient department, GP out of hours, West Glasgow Maternity Unit will remain on site with the new West Glasgow Minor Injuries Unit until they all transfer in October. 

The new SGUH should see the majority of adult acute services from the old Victoria and old Western being in place at the new by the end of May.  The new RHSC will see staff and patients move in June. 

Robert Calderwood, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chief Executive, said: “The new SGUH and new RHSC have been a long time in the planning and construction, and I am delighted that they are now complete.  

“We have already moved inpatients from the old Southern General and the Victoria Infirmary into the new hospital and this weekend will be another step towards the new hospitals being fully operational and revolutionising healthcare for patients.

“We hope that the inpatients who move to the new hospital thisweekend are as pleased with it as we are.” 

ENDS 

Notes to Editor

The scale of the migration of services to the new South Glasgow University Hospital and the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children is both significant and complex to plan.

Our clinical and management teams have had to work very closely with colleagues across other services – especially the Scottish Ambulance Service – to ensure co-ordination delivers continuity of services.

Those involved in the migration schedule have worked tirelessly to deliver a model that will be safe for our patients and to the continuity of services across the city and beyond.

The entire operation is being co-ordinated and managed by our New South Glasgow Hospitals Project Team who have drawn up a detailed programme of all the activity, with daily schedules of equipment deliveries, staff training and familiarisation and testing of all areas of the hospitals.

For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].

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