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Staff on the move - update Nov 2015

ABOUT 800 staff, many of whom are based at the former Western Infirmary, are to relocate along with the minor injuries unit and outpatient department to the old children’s hospital site at Yorkhill.

The new West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital, Yorkhill, is a stepping stone before a potential move to Gartnavel.

As well as providing office accommodation for HR and clinical support staff, the West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital will welcome clinical governance, infection control and the community pharmacy from the closed Victoria Infirmary site.

Eleanor Naismith, facilities project manager, said: “Staff have been very understanding and appreciate that we are doing our best to meet their accommodation needs in the short term.

“They appreciate that this is temporary accommodation and that the Board is trying to meet accommodation needs while looking to the future.

“We are also looking at making more people flexible as we go forward with this step, including looking at more flexible ways of working and how that’s going to be extended in future months.”

The outpatient moves to the former Yorkhill site will be completed by 7 December.

Meanwhile, consultations are under way about a proposed major extension to the GGH outpatient department and refurbishment.

The plans involve expanding the ground and first floors to accommodate a combined GGH and Western Infirmary outpatients department, minor injuries, GP out of hours, and diabetes departments.

An allied health professional centre, which would include orthotics, would also be included on the ground floor, with imaging extended in the admin corridor.

A dermatology centre would replace the existing Aroma facility and cardiology will be located on the second floor.

Funding has not yet been confirmed and any go-ahead would be subject to the approval of an Outline Business Case and a Full Business Case.

If the plans are approved, the hospital at Yorkhill will close in 2018 and services will move across to Gartnavel.


What is happening and why?

  • Following closure of the Western Infirmary, there is a need to supply additional outpatient services from the Gartnavel Hospital site
  • The works involves the extension and refurbishment of the existing facilities
  • A Proposal of Application Notice was submitted to Glasgow City Council on 4 August 2015, advising them of the intention to prepare and submit an application.

What is being proposed?

  • New outpatient accommodation tied into existing refurbished accommodation
  • The extension to be located over a number of floors to minimise impact on the existing parking provision
  • The extension to mask the existing building creating the look and feel of a new building throughout
  • Relocated and unified main entrances
  • Simplified internal wayfinding
  • A new clear public 'street' running through the building adjoining the two sides of the hospital at ground and upper ground floor levels
  • The existing ambulance drop off area to be moved to the side of the building away from the front entrance to decrease traffic congestion and allow for patient dignity
  • A public drop off point at the front door with accessible parking to aid accessibility and wayfinding externally
  • Improved public facilities
  • Opportunities for enhanced green spaces and views out to create a more relaxed and therapeutic environment.