A public consultation launched today aims to significantly improve services for older people who require long-term NHS care.
The proposals recommend that the specialist inpatient services currently provided at Johnstone Hospital should be transferred to a more modern facility, ideally in either Paisley or Renfrew.
David Leese, Director of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, said: “Although the quality of care provided at Johnstone Hospital has never been in question, the accommodation and facilities no longer meet the high standards expected in today’s NHS.
“We therefore want to close this older building and provide these services in more modern accommodation designed to meet the needs of patients and staff.
“This would ensure that patients have single bedrooms with en-suite facilities, rather than being cared for in large wards with multi-bedded rooms as they are at the present time. This would offer patients far greater levels of privacy, dignity and respect, in line with national standards.
“The proposed new arrangements would also ensure patients continue to access the same high quality medical and nursing care provided by staff employed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“We believe this change is necessary to improve services for patients and their families however we also want to know what the public think about these proposals.”
As part of the consultation, a public meeting will take place on Thursday 13th March 2008 at the Glynhill Hotel in Renfrew between 5.30 – 7.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend should register in advance by calling 0800 027 7246 during normal office hours. Separate meetings will also be held specifically for staff and carers of existing patients.
Copies of the consultation paper and summary leaflet can be downloaded from the NHSGGC website (www.nhsggc.org.uk/renfrewshireolderpeople) or by calling 0800 027 7246 during normal office hours.
The consultation ends on 5th May 2008.
Notes to Editors
1. Johnstone Hospital provides specialist long-term NHS care for older people with complex health needs. The current hospital wards opened in 1985 and over the last five years the number of beds it provides has reduced due to an increase in the range and type services available to support older people at home or in alternative community based facilities. The hospital currently provides 60 beds in two 30 bed wards, each containing four six bed rooms and six single rooms. The number of beds is set to reduce further as more local services and facilities become available which offer appropriate alternatives to hospital.
2. Under the proposed new arrangements, the modern facility would be run in partnership with an established provider of elderly care services. Similar partnership arrangements already operate successfully in other parts of the country, including Glasgow.
3. A summary leaflet and copies of the full consultation paper will be widely distributed to local community groups, patient organisations and key stakeholders. Copies of the summary leaflet will also be sent to GP surgeries, pharmacies, hospital waiting areas and local libraries across Renfrewshire
4. A public consultation meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th March 2008 at the Glynhill Hotel, 169 Paisley Road, Renfrew between 5.30 and 7.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend should register in advance by calling 0800 027 7246 during normal office hours. If more people wish to attend than the venue can accommodate, a second meeting will be organised.
5. Responses can either be emailed to [email protected]
or sent to - John Hamilton, Head of Board Administration, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Dalian House, 350 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G3 8YZ
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.