NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) can confirm today that we have lifted the formal notice to close the 30 continuing care beds at St Margaret’s Hospice.
The decision follows news last month that our longstanding plans to redevelop the Blawarthill site, including re providing the 60 continuing care beds currently provided in poor accommodation into brand new accommodation, cannot go ahead due to contractual reasons.
The plan was that the NHS beds at Blawarthill Hospital would be replaced as part of an overall development of the site with a purpose built facility alongside care home beds and social housing. With the planned re development no longer able to be progressed we have been considering the future development of the site.
The Board has now formally confirmed its intention to negotiate to progress the development of a Glasgow City Council care home on the site with 120 beds and to continue the planned development of social housing on the site by Yoker Housing Association.
For the NHS continuing care beds we will establish a review to consider both the future numbers and locations of continuing care beds for the West part of the city involving a wide range of stakeholders including staff, patients and their families, the local communities and St Margaret’s Hospice. That process will get underway in May and be completed by the end of the summer.
Because the planned development of the Blawarthill site cannot now proceed we now have no firm plan to replace the current poor quality accommodation and we have given further consideration to how we can address that position.
St Margaret’s Hospice has higher quality accommodation, to improve facilities for our patients and to limit uncertainty for patients and staff at the Hospice we have today informed St Margaret’s that we are lifting the notice to end their contract to provide continuing care beds. This will retain the beds at St Margaret’s and instead we will plan interim measures to reduce the beds at Blawarthill until we are able conclude the wider review process and any necessary public consultation.
NHSGGC Chairman, Andrew Robertson, said: "We are disappointed that the Blawarthill redevelopment will not now proceed as planned but I was pleased to inform St Margaret’s Hospice Chairman, Professor Leo Martin, at a meeting today that we are lifting the notice to the Hospice. This will end the uncertainty for the Hospice’s staff, patients and supporters while assuring the better facilities for NHS patients while we decide the longer term future of the Blawarthill beds.”
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]