From Saturday, April 1st, 2006 NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will be the new name for health services in areas formerly served by NHS Greater Glasgow and the Clyde part of NHS Argyll and Clyde.
Following the Minister for Health and Community Care's decisions last year to dissolve NHS Argyll and Clyde and redraw its boundaries, NHS Greater Glasgow went out to consultation on a name that would incorporate Greater Glasgow,Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.
Greater Glasgow's NHS Board was keen to hear the views and comments of stakeholders before any final decision was made on the new name and the conclusion was NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde fitted the bill.
NHS Greater Glasgow's Chairman, Professor Sir John Arbuthnott said: "We were keen that recognition was given to those areas coming under our responsibility from NHS Argyll and Clyde.
"It is only right that our new name reflects that wider range and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde encompasses all the areas now under our remit."
The consultation resulted in support for the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde proposal from local authorities including Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, as well as backing from the Scottish Health Council, Unison Glasgow Branch.
No prganisations suggested different alternatives although individuals did make suggestions ranging from retaining the existing name "NHS Greater Glasgow" to variations such as NHS Clydeside; NHS Glasgow and Clyde; and NHS Strathclyde.
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.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.
5.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.
6.The new logo can be obtained by contacting 0141 201 4429.