Golden Jubilee National Hospital (GJNH) is looking at a range of options for expansion of services at Clydebank.
One potential option now being explored jointly by NHS Greater Glasgow, NHS Lanarkshire and GJNH is the possibility of establishing a regional centre for adult cardiac and thoracic surgery at the hospital.
Plans currently exist as part of the Glasgow Acute Services Review to re-site the adult cardiothoracic surgery services provided from Glasgow Royal Infirmary (including the Scottish National Heart Transplant Unit) and the Western Infirmary on the Gartnavel General Hospital site by 2012. Under the option being discussed, the development of a single site cardiothoracic service could be brought forward much earlier by the use of facilities in GJNH. Thoracic surgical services currently provided at Hairmyres Hospital in Lanarkshire are also part of the discussions.
Joint working groups, with staff and patient involvement, are being established to explore the various complex aspects of the proposal. This is expected to take six months to develop in full.
Any proposal will be the subject of full public consultation before a decision is taken by Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm.
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