The board of NHSGGC today approved a three month public, patient, carer and staff engagement on proposed service changes at Drumchapel Hospital.
NHSGGC is proposing to transfer all older people’s rehabilitation services for the west of Glasgow into a newly created integrated Rehabilitation Centre of Excellence at Gartnavel General Hospital.
This would mean the move of the current Drumchapel Hospital rehabilitation service to the £2 Million Centre for Excellence at Gartnavel. Patients will benefit from extensive input from specialists in rehabilitation across the full range of nursing and allied health professions, and better access to specialist facilities in or close to their wards.
The proposals also see older people’s mental health outpatient services continuing to operate from the Drumchapel site and as such the site will still remain open if these plans are agreed.
David Stewart, depute medical director, NHSGGC, said: “It is anticipated that a newly created Older People’s Rehabilitation Centre of Excellence at Gartnavel would both strengthen the focus on rehabilitation and enhance our ability to assist patients back in to the community.
“The change of location will make care more accessible to patients in west Glasgow. Gartnavel General is easier to reach than Drumchapel Hospital through public transport for the majority of residents in the catchment area.
“The proposed move to the centre of excellence will see patients receiving more extensive input from specialists in rehabilitation across the full range of nursing and allied health professions as well as better access to specialist facilities in or close to wards.
“Basing services at Gartnavel General will enable more effective and efficient links with Health and Social Care Partnership community teams than is currently possible, improving patient discharge times back in to the community.
“We absolutely recognise the importance of involving people in designing and developing the health care services we provide. We want to ensure all interested parties are able to have their say before the board reaches a decision.
“Our engagement will be developed with the Scottish Health Council, our Public Partnership Forums and Public Engagement Team.”
These proposals are fully in-line with health board’s Clinical Services Strategy which was approved in January and sets out our vision for services for 2020 and beyond. This long term strategy was agreed after a Clinical Services Review established in 2012 which undertook a wide ranging engagement, including specific engagement on older people’s services.
The engagement on older people’s services involved a range of individuals and organisations including carer’s organisations, older people’s forums and Public Partnership Forums.
Catriona Renfrew, director of corporate planning & policy, NHSGGC, said: “Two key recommendations from our Clinical Services Review in relation to older people were the need to manage a patient’s multiple health conditions more effectively through better integration of services across specialities in hospitals and focussing inpatient hospital care on the acute episode of treatment to ensure a return home at the earliest opportunity.
“The proposals we have brought forward regarding the transfer of rehabilitation patients from Drumchapel Hospital to the newly created Centre of Excellence at Gartnavel is in direct response to the Clinical Service Review findings and our longer term Clinical Services Strategy.”
The engagement is intended to conclude by late autumn with the outcome being comprehensively reported back to the board to enable it to reach a fully informed decision.