NHS Greater Glasgow is proposing to change its name to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
This move follows the Minister for Health and Community Care's decisions last year to dissolve NHS Argyll and Clyde and redraw its boundaries.From 1st April 2006, NHS Greater Glasgow will take on responsibility for healthcare services in Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and all of West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.
Greater Glasgow's NHS Board is keen to hear the views and comments of stakeholders before any final decision is made on the new name.
NHS Greater Glasgow's Chairman, Professor Sir John Arbuthnott said: "We are sensitive to the impact of our expanded boundaries and are keen that recognition is given to those areas currently within NHS Argyll and Clyde.
"We recognise the importance of continuing to work closely through our valued and well-developed bonds with partner organisations, at the same time moving to develop new relationships with a wider range of stakeholders.It is only right that our name reflects that wider range."
Tom Divers, Chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow, added:"Costs associated with the name change will be kept to a minimum and the process of applying it will be gradual – signs and vehicle livery will change only when scheduled to do so in the normal course of maintenance and replacement."
The NHS Board is inviting comments and suggestions around the proposed new name by Friday, 3 March 2006.
Notes to Editors
1. The boundary changes take effect from 1 April 2006.
2. The Minister for Health and Community Care announced his intention to dissolve NHS Argyll and Clyde on 19 May 2005
3. Following public consultation between August and November 2005, the Minister confirmed on 8 December that the boundaries of NHS Argyll and Clyde would be re-drawn as of 1 April 2006.Services in the areas covered by the Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire local authorities would become the responsibility of NHS Greater Glasgow with the remainder going to NHS Highland
4. At this point, NHS Greater Glasgow is responsible for services in Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, the Eastwood area of East Renfrewshire, the Clydebank area of West Dunbartonshire, Rutherglen and Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire and the Stepps-Moodiesburn corridor within North Lanarkshire
5. From 1 April, the enlarged NHS organisation will serve a population of 1.2 million and employ 44,000 staff – it is the largest NHS organisation in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK
6. Consultation on the proposal to name the enlarged organisation ‘NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde' will continue until 3 March 2006
7. Consultation responses are welcomed from any person or organisation and should be forwarded by post to:
John C Hamilton
Head of Board Administration
Greater Glasgow NHS Board
350 St Vincent Street
Glasgow G3 8YZ
Alternatively, responses can be e-mailed to:
8. Further information can be found at NHS Greater Glasgow's website.