Transfer of Drumchapel Out of Hours Service to Gartnavel gets go-ahead
Following the decision to withdraw services from Drumchapel Hospital, the OOH service will be the only remaining service on site – using a small area at the hospital for a few hours each week.
A period of engagement over the last few months has sought views on a proposal to relocate the Centre to a consolidated service at Gartnavel.
Noting that only 28% of patients that use the Centre come from the local Drumchapel area, the engagement process examined issues of accessibility and the clinical case for change.
A detailed transport assessment confirmed that for most of the catchment population, Gartnavel has the better access of the two sites.
A lack of GPs available to provide cover has led to regular closures across the Out of Hours service. Consolidation at GGH makes best use of the clinical workforce by creating a more sustainable staffing.
The Board debated the proposal and the decision to progress with this option in advance of the wider Out of Hours review being taken forward within NHSGGC. However in view of the fact that it is not viable for the OOH service to remain on the Drumchapel site once all other services are transferred to GGH, the Board agreed to the proposal.