FINAL preparations are underway to ensure a smooth transition to new health board boundaries on 1 April 2014.
There are 58,583 patients in Rutherglen and Cambuslang and 20,450 in the Northern Corridor who will transfer from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 1,677 patients from Busby along with 100 from White Gables and six from Parklea, both near Carmunock, will move the other way, while 408 patients from Blackridge will move from NHS Lanarkshire to NHS Lothian.
Recent preparations have included the publication of a formal scheme of transfer.
This scheme officially transfers all property and other rights and liabilities in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for the areas of Cambuslang and Rutherglen Locality and the Northern Corridor to NHS Lanarkshire from 1 April 2014.
The properties transferring to NHS Lanarkshire are Muirhead Clinic, Cambuslang Clinic, Rutherglen Health Centre, and Cambuslang Gate, which is leased.
A copy of the full scheme of transfer is available on the NHS Lanarkshire website at www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Involved/consultation/boundaries .
A few services will be provided by NHS Lanarkshire to the new areas from 1 April 2014. Further services will transfer on 1 October 2014. Services that cannot be transferred will continue to be provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde through a Service Level Agreement.
A full service directory is being developed to set out to patients, staff and independent contractors where and how services will be delivered.
Colin Sloey, Executive Director of North Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership, NHS Lanarkshire, said: “We have robust arrangements in place to ensure patients receive high quality health services from 1 April.
“The introduction of new boundaries is mostly an administrative change. Our priority is to ensure it is as smooth as possible for people and that they continue to receive the care they need. We look forward to welcoming patients in these areas to Lanarkshire.”
Catriona Renfrew, Director of Corporate Planning and Policy, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Both health boards have worked closely together since the changes were announced last year with the aim of making the transfer as seamless as possible.
"We have linked with patient representatives from the public partnership forums, staff, independent contractors such as GPs, and other key stakeholders throughout the planning process to ensure we are well prepared for 1 April.”
Patients will continue to be able to use the same GP and hospital services as they currently do when the changes are introduced next year.
A list of frequently asked questions with more information about the changes to boundaries is available at: http://www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Involved/consultation/boundaries .
NOTE TO EDITOR
In April 2006, Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) were introduced and in doing so, brought a much greater focus on joint working between health boards, local authorities and hospital-based services. North and South Lanarkshire CHPs were formed on the basis of the local authority boundaries and as a result, incorporated some areas from within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. From the outset, Cambuslang and Rutherglen and the Northern Corridor were part of the Lanarkshire CHP’s, but the health of the population remained the responsibility of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
In February 2008, a paper was submitted to both NHS Boards to propose that NHS Lanarkshire take the management responsibility for the health services for these areas on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Rutherglen and Cambuslang and the Northern Corridor remained within the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde boundary, but financial and operational responsibility for services and staff transferred to NHS Lanarkshire where possible from 1 April 2009. Where services could not transfer, these continued to be provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde through a Service Level Agreement.
Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, announced on 4 June 2013 that the areas of Camglen and the Northern Corridor will formally pass from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde into NHS Lanarkshire from 1 April 2014. In turn, services for these areas will become an integral part of any future Health and Social Care Partnership arrangements that will be put in place as part of the adult health and social care integration process which has been set out in the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill.
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