Following public consultation, the Board has approved proposals for acute services at Inverclyde Royal and the Royal Alexandra Hospitals. These proposals will safeguard the long-term future of both hospitals and end many years of uncertainty for local patients and staff.
The vast majority of people who responded to the public consultation supported the recommendations, which aim to retain core inpatient services locally.
Under the proposed new arrangements, which have now been submitted to the Scottish Executive for formal approval, Inverclyde Royal Hospital will keep its A&E department and core inpatient services such as emergency medical receiving, trauma, orthopaedic and general surgery.
A&E and core inpatient services will also be retained at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.
The changes proposed only affect a small number of specialist services, which are vascular surgery, ENT, ophthalmology, dermatology and urology. The plan is to centralise inpatient care for these services within centres of excellence in either Paisley or Glasgow while maintaining local access for outpatient appointments and follow-up day care.
We are committed to working with local patients and carers to take forward plans to redesign specialist services.