NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde would never implement any change that puts the safety of our patients at risk.
Services in our hospitals across the city including Gartnavel General Hospital (GGH) are going through a major restructuring process over the next few weeks.
Clinical colleagues at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC) have raised concerns that some of moves being implemented at the GGH will affect the Centre.
We acknowledge their concerns and have been working to put in place actions in the immediate short term that address the concerns raised. Unfortunately this has taken longer than we would have wished or expected.
Following a meeting with the consultants last Thursday a letter has been sent to all consultants at the BWoSCC this morning that sets out the actions we have agreed to take forward with them and confirming a further meeting with them next week.
We have agreed to put in place an infrastructure to support the BWoSCC when the initial changes are introduced including a four bedded high acuity unit which will be operational seven days a week and staffed by nursing colleagues from the current critical care teams.
Plans are also in place to include critical care training for oncology nursing staff.
In the interim period we will also provide resident overnight anaesthetic cover to the unit and will identify a named anaesthetic contact for daytime patient management issues.
The long term plans are still being finalised and we continue to explore proposals with the BWoSCC clinical team to address some further concerns expressed by the consultants.
We recognise the consultants’ concerns. We have therefore had regular meetings and dialogue with them and we are disappointed that these issues have been raised in a public forum before this ongoing dialogue with them has been concluded.