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Decision on Children’s Ward Welcomed

Friday, January 19, 2018

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has welcomed today’s (19th January 2018) decision by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Sport and Wellbeing to approve the transfer of inpatient paediatric services from the Royal Alexandra Hospital to the Royal Hospital for Children. 

The Board remains very focussed on ensuring that our local community services to children in Clyde are maintained and improved, with care provided by expert clinical staff.

However when children require inpatient care, Clyde children will now benefit from the same state-of the-art hospital facilities as other children from across the west of Scotland. 

Children requiring specialist hospital care will now be treated in a hospital which provides:

  • the latest technology and specialist children’s equipment
  • nine dedicated children’s theatres
  • a paediatric critical care unit of 20 intensive care beds
  • full range of paediatric specialists working together in one hospital
  • dedicated diagnostic facilities 

The hospital has a dedicated Family Support & Information ‎Service which offers support for families accessing the hospital. 

It provides funding to cover ‎transport, fuel, travel expenses, or other forms of assistance identified by the family or medical and nursing staff on the wards.

Dr Jennifer Armstrong, Medical Director, said: “I am pleased that the clinical case for the transfer of inpatient services from Ward 15 to Royal Hospital for Children has been accepted and endorsed by the Cabinet Secretary. 

“The Royal Hospital for Children is one of the finest paediatric teaching hospitals in the UK and this decision will ensure that children from the Clyde area who require specialist hospital care will be able to receive their care in these state-of-the-art facilities. 

“We will now move to implement these changes to our inpatient services, ensuring that we support the families who currently use Ward 15 throughout the transition, including consideration of transport needs. 

“Our clinical teams will work with families to ensure they have a clear treatment and access plan that they can benefit from specialist expertise at the Royal Hospital for Children alongside local Clyde community services. 

 “We will also engage with the staff who work in the ward and appropriate trade unions, in accordance with the Board’s Workforce Change Policy to match staff into appropriate posts taking account of their work experience. 

“We already provide a range of community paediatric services for local residents, including the specialist Community Paediatric Service (PANDA) which is based, and will remain, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. 

“We will also work with Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership to consider how local community paediatric care provision can be further improved.” 

Outpatient services and emergency care for those who self-refer will remain at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. 

ENDS 

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

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