The first stage in the process to consider the best location for the new Children's Hospital got underway last night at a public meeting in Glasgow.
This event was the first of two planned events in a process agreed to by the Calder Group so that a site recommendation could be made for their consideration and review in October. The independent Calder Group was established by the Minster for Health to work with NHS Greater Glasgow to identify the future location of the new hospital.
The public event, to which more than 400 individuals and organisations were invited, had two distinct elements.
Firstly, the 40 NHS staff, patient groups and MSPs who attended were taken through all of the available major hospital sites in Glasgow to examine which offered enough developable land to start building a new children's hospital to open by 2009/10.
Secondly, of the seven sites explored, the two which had enough land available to accommodate the new hospital, Gartnavel General and the Southern General, were then considered against the other key element of achieving the gold standard triple co-location- existing maternity and adult services.Only the Southern General has existing maternity and adult services on site and therefore is the only site which meets the available land and co-location criteria.Our intention, as previously stated, is to report this outcome to the Calder Group's meeting at the end of October.
Other issues discussed at the event included access and transport, parking and the ability of sites to accommodate voluntary and support organisations, such as Ronald McDonald House.
As part of the process it was planned that a second event would be held on October 17, to which invitations have already been issued, to score the shortlist of sites from last night's event against key clinical and other critera.
Given the outcome of the first event we intend to redesign the event on the 17th to focus on appraising the Southern General against a developed set of key criteria. This offers an important opportunity to discuss points raised at the first event which were not directly related to site and co-location considerations.
A full report of the outcomes from both events will then be submitted to the Calder Group for consideration.
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