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Public event held on proposal to improve rehabilitation services for the elderly in North East Glasgow

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Patients, their families, carers and interested groups yesterday (Wednesday, 29 March) took part in a public event as part of the consultation shaping the future of rehabilitation services for older people in the North East of Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire.

The event at Lightburn Hospital offered presentations and question sessions as well as a series of information points on different elements of the proposal, with a range of clinical staff on hand to answer questions. The sessions gave the health board the opportunity to explain the proposals, stimulate debate, note views and answer any questions.

There was also a chance to describe the detailed planning for the new East End Health and Social Care hub being developed by the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership. This will see major investment in the new facility in the East End, and will bring together services and is expected to treat over 100,000 people each year.

The proposal would result in the transfer of the services currently provided at Lightburn Hospital to other sites in the North East of Glasgow. This would see:

  • Acute hospital rehabilitation would be provided in beds to Stobhill Hospital
  • Community rehabilitation beds would be in local care facilities commissioned by the Health and Social Care Partnerships.
  • Day hospital services would be brought together at Stobhill Hospital
  • Outpatient clinics to either Glasgow Royal Infirmary or Stobhill Hospital
  • Local meeting space for the Parkinson’s support group.

The basis of the Board’s proposals is that patients should stay in hospital for acute care only. Targeted rehabilitation and rapid access to the full range of services and investigations would enable older people to be discharged home or transferred to community rehabilitation beds more quickly.

Catriona Renfrew, NHSGGC’s Director of Planning said: The public event was very productive and it was encouraging to see so many people attending the sessions.

“It allowed us to hear more views on the proposed changes and to ensure that we address the concerns and issues which people have.

“The new model of care would see more people being able to receive care in their own homes or in a more homely setting. It would also mean people requiring outpatient or day hospital services would have less return appointments through greater access to other services in an acute hospital setting during visits.

“The proposals have been developed with the multi-disciplinary team of consultants, nurses and allied health professionals delivering the current services working with patient and community representatives. The event enabled people to talk directly to those clinical staff about the new services.”

A number of outreach sessions will also be held for patients, their families, carers and other members of the public during the first two weeks of April.

Submissions can be made to the public consultation until Monday, 08 May through the following channels:

 ENDS

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