The Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has approved proposals 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.
The decision was made following the outcome of a full public consultation and engagement process launched earlier this year.
NHSGGC will now make the appropriate arrangements to move the current Drumchapel Hospital rehabilitation service to the new facilities being developed at Gartnavel. It is anticipated that this will be achieved by in the late spring of 2016.
Catriona Renfrew, Director of Planning and Policy, welcomed the Board’s decision. She said: “We believe these plans will provide better care and more effective rehabilitation of elderly patients.
“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.
“We took the opportunity to consult widely and were pleased to be able to explain proposals to local people – particularly the shift towards community based care, avoiding admission and where admission is necessary improved access to a multi-disciplinary team and diagnostics tests on site.
“During the consultation some respondents raised concerns about transport and access to the Gartnavel campus. A full public travel and accessibility assessment was undertaken comparing access to both the Drumchapel and Gartnavel sites and this found that Gartnavel was easier to get to by bus and train than Drumchapel Hospital.”
Older people’s mental health outpatient services will continue to operate from the Drumchapel site and are unaffected by these changes.
The GP out of hours service will now be subject to a separate review.