A £28m plan to extend and modernise the Southern General Maternity Unit was unveiled today.
The proposed plan – which meets all of recommendations of the Calder Group and substantially expands on the original refurbishment plans - would significantly increase the unit’s existing capacity and enable it to provide a wider range of services.
The proposals, which have been approved by the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board and submitted to the Scottish Executive for formal approval, would see the Southern General Maternity Unit benefiting from:
This will enable maternity services at The Queen Mother’s Hospital to transfer to the Southern General Maternity Unit and the Princess Royal Maternity, as planned and complete the move from three Glasgow maternity units to two. Capacity has already increased at the Princess Royal Maternity, following the transfer of beds from the Queen Mother’s Hospital on October 2006 to create a new 18-bed ward of level six of the hospital.
· a major new three-storey extension built alongside the existing maternity building. This would bring together, for the first time in Glasgow, neonatal medical and surgical intensive care services which are currently provided in The Queen Mother’s Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children
· a new state-of-the-art labour suite and two obstetric theatres
· a separate brand new fetal medicine department, providing specialist diagnostic facilities and treatment to unborn babies in the womb from across Scotland
· a major refurbishment programme which would see the current labour ward transformed to provide modern, attractive accommodation for day care, assessment and early pregnancy advisory services
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If the plans to modernise and extend the Southern General Maternity Unit are approved by the Minister for Health, work is expected to start in late 2007 with the building work completed by the end of 2009. This would enable maternity services from The Queen Mother’s Hospital to transfer to the Princess Royal Maternity and the Southern General Maternity Unit within the timescales recommended by the Calder Group.
Collectively the two Glasgow maternity units are expected to deal with around 12,000 births each year. There is, however, the ability to increase capacity to cope with any future increase in birth rates, if required. This would be achieved by making use of space available on level six of the Princess Royal Maternity and by increasing the number of births per bed beyond the expected average of 67 which is lower than rates in other parts of Scotland
Dr Alan Mathers, Clinical Director for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, based at the Princess Royal Maternity, said: “These plans will deliver the gold standard of triple co-location of adult, children’s and maternity services on the same site. In addition, because the plan is based on providing mainly new build facilities with some refurbishment, disruption to existing services will be minimal.”
Dr Jonathan Coutts, Clinical Director for Neonatology, based at The Queen Mother’s Hospital, said: Clinical staff from all of the key specialities have been closely involved in developing these new plans. We looked at a number of different options to achieve the best possible links with the new children’s hospital and we are confident that this layout offers the best solution for newborn babies and staff. It will also see the Southern General Maternity Unit becoming the national centre for a range of specialist neonatal services.”