Following public consultation, Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, has approved proposals to redesign specialist inpatient physical disability services across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The Board will now proceed to implement the transfer of inpatient assessment and rehabilitation and continuing care physical disability beds from Islay Cottage on the Merchiston Hospital site to the Southern General Hospital. This would see Islay Cottage, the only building on the entire hospital site still in use, closing.
This change will impact around 31 patient admissions a year. Patients currently in Islay Cottage will be fully supported through the change by independent advocates and each patient will have an individual care plan agreed for their future care.
Also included in the proposals is the reconfiguration of inpatient beds so that Ward 53 at the Southern General Hospital will provide continuing care and respite services. Rehabilitation and assessment services would be provided at both the Southern General and Inverclyde Royal Hospital sites.
Resources made available by the changes will be reinvested in the new pattern of services, providing more staff in community settings and in supporting local authority provision.
The services currently provided at Islay Cottage will not transfer until the necessary capacity at the Southern General has been put in place. The work to expand the rehabilitation unit at the Southern is due to be complete by January 2009 and thereafter the process of transfer will begin.
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