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Health Secretary visits new hospitals

HEALTH Secretary Shona Robison has given the thumbs up to the new South Glasgow University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC).

The Cabinet Secretary came to see the new buildings and meet with staff on 11 May, when she was shown around the RHSC outpatients department by senior charge nurse Karen Prince.

While there, she had time to try out some of the high-tech activities which have been installed to entertain children in the waiting area.

Karen said: “Staff are already very proud of the hospital and excited to be moving over, but having the minister and media visit enhances that excitement. She seemed really interested, wanting to interact with the equipment, not just look at it.

“The new hospital will give us a new dynamic way of working and it was great to get the opportunity to showcase that. Staff have been rostered to spend time on the new site to carry out scenario planning and have input on the way we will work.”

Ms Robison then visited ward 9a, a surgical ward in the adult hospital, where she met with staff including Rosslyn Crocket, director of nursing; Fiona McCluskey, senior nurse advisor, new South Glasgow hospitals project; and Susan Montgomery, senior charge nurse.

Susan Montgomery said: “There was such a buzz around the ward in the run up to moving and Ms Robison visiting has kept that momentum high. Staff were a bit nervous but excited all the same.

“It was good to be able to demonstrate the new ways in which we will be working with the introduction of CAAS (Care Assurance and Accreditation System). The hospital is fantastic, up to date and state of the art but it’s also about the changes in the way we work. The standards are much more in-depth and staff, patients and visitors will be more informed. It’s certainly going to make my job easier.”

The last stop on the tour was a visit to the adult Emergency Department (ED) where Ms Robison was welcomed by Dr Malcolm Gordon. He commented: “I was delighted to welcome Ms Robison. It was good to be able to show her and senior management around the new department and explain the importance of maintaining the onwards flow into sufficient vacant beds.”

Alma Machin, senior charge nurse within ED, said: “The facilities are amazing, the space we have compared to the old A&E is just fantastic. It’s good to have managers and Ms Robison here to see it and encourage us at this time.”