Proposals to redesign children's services in Inverclyde have today been given the go-ahead.
Following public consultation, the Board has agreed to take forward a number of changes to safeguard the future of core hospital based services for children in Inverclyde and increase the range of services available in the local community. The proposals approved today, which have the backing of local clinical staff, will result in
· The creation of a new Children's Centre within the existing Children's Ward at Inverclyde Royal Hospital. This will bring children's hospital services, therapy services currently provided by the Skylark Child Development Centre, community nursing services and the Children with Disability Team together under the one roof.
· The continuation of local outpatient clinics and day surgery services for children provided at Inverclyde Royal Hospital. In addition, children will continue to access the full range of services provided by A&E at Inverclyde Royal Hospital, 24hrs a day, seven days a week.
· The transfer of the Acute Assessment Unit within the Children's Ward at Inverclyde Royal Hospital to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. Relocating this Unit, which currently only sees an average of one child a day, will free up specialist nursing skills and resources which will be redeployed in the local community. This will increase the level of available support to local families, including the parents of children with chronic illnesses and complex needs
Dr Brian Cowan, Medical Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "The changes are designed to make better use of the specialist staff skills and resources available and ensure the vast majority of services for children continue 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."
Detailed implementation plans will now be developed in partnership with local staff, patients and their families.
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