Health Minister Andy Kerr has approved NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde plans to redesign local children's services for Inverclyde.
Following a six-week public consultation, the Board's plan has now been formally approved so that outpatient and day case care for children within Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH) will be developed and improved and the range of services delivered in local communities expanded.
The new arrangements will see existing local children's services in Inverclyde retained apart from the acute assessment unit which will transfer to the Royal Alexandria Hospital (RAH) in Paisley.On average, less than one child a day is currently seen at the Unit and many of these children are already transferred to the RAH for further treatment.
This means local children across Inverclyde will continue to access A&E services, the full range of hospital outpatient and day surgery services for children and an expanded range of community nursing services to provide more support to families at home particularly to parents of children with complex needs and chronic illnesses. A new Children's Centre will also be created within the existing children's ward at the IRH.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medical Director Dr Brian Cowan said:"These changes are designed to make better use of the specialist staff skills and resources available and ensure the vast majority of services for children to be provided in the local area.
"By providing increased support and preventative care in the community we also aim to reduce the number of children who have to be transferred to Paisley or Glasgow for treatment."
A paediatric redesign implementation steering group has been set up to agree the scope of implementation and take forward plans to redesign children's services in Inverclyde.
A series of meetings have been planned to agree a timetable of changes for the weeks and months ahead.It is hoped that the process will be complete by the end of April 2007.The group has also approached the Inverclyde Patient Public Forum (PPF) to become involved in the process.
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