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Public Consultation Launched on Inpatient Rehabilitation Services

August 30, 2010 9:30 AM

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Local people, service users and interested parties are being invited to comment on proposed changes to inpatient rehabilitation services in East Glasgow and the possible closure of the Lightburn Hospital site.

The 12-week consultation is being launched following a detailed review of longer term rehabilitation services currently based at Stobhill and Lightburn Hospitals.

The review was carried out in light of already approved plans which will shortly see all elderly inpatient acute assessment services at Stobhill Hospital transfer to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

In conjunction with a range of patients, carers and local representatives a number of options for the future of these services have been developed for consultation.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) preferred option would see:

• All longer term rehabilitation beds located on one hospital site at Stobhill Hospital in a mix of brand-new purpose-built and refurbished accommodation and the 75 beds at Lightburn Hospital closed

• Inpatient assessment and rehabilitation services provided over two sites: Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Stobhill Hospital

• Alternative locations for outpatient clinics and day hospital activity at Lightburn Hospital

• Relocation of outpatient and day hospital activity would enable the closure of the Lightburn Hospital site generating cost savings for NHSGGC

Anne Harkness, NHSGGC Director of Rehabilitation and Assessment, said: “Under our preferred option most patients will continue to use only Glasgow Royal Infirmary whilst in hospital, however, for around 450 patients per year who require longer term rehabilitation, this would be within Stobhill Hospital rather than Lightburn Hospital.

“There are a number of reasons why we need to change the way we deliver these services.

“Patients in rehabilitation wards need good access to diagnostic investigations. The New Stobhill Hospital has brand-new diagnostic facilities including MRI scanner, CT scanner and ultrasound. Lightburn Hospital has limited part time X-ray facilities which require significant investment to bring up to current standards. At Lightburn Hospital this means patients are taken away from the ward for a number of hours to travel to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for most diagnostic tests not available at the hospital.

“Also all the rehabilitation wards at Lightburn Hospital require refurbishment to bring them up to modern healthcare standards. By contrast, in early 2011, 48 brand new rehabilitation beds will become available in purpose-built accommodation at New Stobhill Hospital. It would not be practical or cost-effective to leave the newly-built beds at Stobhill Hospital vacant.

“We would like to hear local views on the proposed changes and all of the options considered. During the consultation period local staff will organise a number of events for the public and drop-in sessions specifically aimed at service users. These will be publicised locally.”

Copies of the full consultation paper and summary leaflet can be obtained from our website or by calling 0800 027 7246.

Comments on all aspects of the consultation paper are welcome. You can visit out website where you will be able to make an e-mail submission or write to

Rehabilitation Services in East Glasgow
c/o Shirley Gordon, Secretariat Manager
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Corporate Headquarters
JB Russell House
Gartnavel Royal Hospital
1055 Great Western Road
G12 0XH

The consultation will end on 30th November 2010.


For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

What is inpatient assessment and rehabilitation?
Assessment and rehabilitation caters for the needs of older people recovering from an illness or coping with a disability. Typically older people are not admitted directly from home, but are transferred from other ward areas (e.g. general medicine, orthopaedics) when their needs are felt to indicate that a period of comprehensive and holistic assessment and rehabilitation would be beneficial.

Within the Department of Medicine for the Elderly, older people will receive assessment in hospital from a multi-professional team including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals (e.g. physiotherapists, occupational therapists). This assessment involves a range of investigations, nursing care and rehabilitation approaches. At the moment around 3000 people each year are admitted to a Department of Medicine for the Elderly assessment ward.

A number of people are not ready to be discharged from hospital after the assessment phase and are transferred to a rehabilitation ward for a longer period of rehabilitation in hospital. At this stage of their illness patients will mainly need nursing and allied health professional care although they will still be seen by medical staff each day. At the moment approximately 650 people each year are discharged from Stobhill Hospital rehabilitation wards and 520 people from Lightburn Hospital rehabilitation wards.

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