Longstanding plans to transfer inpatient beds from Stobhill Hospital to Glasgow Royal Infirmary will begin on Friday 11th March.
The transfer, which is being done on a phased basis, is expected to be complete to by Friday 18th March after which the old wards in the main Stobhill Hospital will close.
Stobhill’s Casualty will also close at the same time after which, patients requiring emergency treatment for a serious injury or illness will go instead to the Emergency Department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Patients from the Stobhill catchment requiring urgent care for a minor injury will continue to attend the Minor Injuries Unit based at the New Stobhill Hospital.
NHSGGC Chief Executive, Robert Calderwood, said: “Stobhill inpatient beds are moving to Glasgow Royal Infirmary as part of a long-term plan to concentrate inpatient hospital services on three sites in the city. These plans were agreed in 2002 and have been the subject of a huge amount of public engagement since then.
“NHSGGC has invested £35million in the Glasgow Royal infirmary (GRI) to enhance and expand the hospital in preparation for the transfer of Stobhill services. £6million alone has been invested in extending the Emergency Department and creating an assessment unit and dedicated X-ray facilities.
“A further £13million has been spent upgrading 16 wards within the hospital and the ICU has benefitted from a £4million extension to accommodate the additional activity from Stobhill.”
The vast majority of Stobhill attendances are on an outpatient or day case basis and a brand-new £100 million hospital opened two years ago on the Stobhill campus to provide state-of-the-art accommodation for these services.
More than 400,000 outpatients and day patients attend New Stobhill Hospital each year and this multiple award-winning facility will continue to provide services to the local community for many years to come.
A £19 million extension to the New Stobhill Hospital which replaces the current short stay surgery beds and rehabilitation beds for older people will also open in March.
A new rapid results haematology and biochemistry laboratory at the New Stobhill Hospital will open when the inpatient beds transfer to the GRI. This laboratory will support the services which remain on the site. Laboratory facilities have also been upgraded at GRI to support the transfer.
Every household in Stobhill’s catchment has received a guide explaining the changes and providing information on the Royal Infirmary and detailed information has already been sent to GPs so that they are aware of how they can continue to access services throughout the transition period and beyond.
Posters and flyers have also be displayed widely throughout north Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire in the weeks leading up the move to ensure that everyone is well-informed about how the changes will affect them.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].