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The Board today listened to the issues raised during an engagement process to shape the future of paediatric services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) and agreed the strong clinical case for change should now proceed to a public consultation.
The Board today approved the commencement of a formal three month consultation process which will get underway in early November 2016 and will conclude in February 2017.
The engagement process involved the establishment of a Stakeholder reference Group (SRG), patients, families, healthcare professionals and interested groups who all provided comments on the proposal to move the Paediatric Inpatient Services from Ward 15 at the RAH to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Through the engagement we have been able to share the clinical case for change with a wide range of interests. We have been able to establish a better understanding of what is proposed and why. We have been able to reassure people that the majority of services children’s services will still be provided at the RAH, including community services, outpatients and self referral to Accident and Emergency.
This proposal has been informed by an option appraisal involving a range of interested parties, including parents, carried out by the board in 2012. The option appraisal concluded that the clinical case had been made for transferring the inpatient and day case services to the new RHC and that clinical case for change was reported to the Board today.
The majority of paediatric activityincluding outpatient services, the specialist Community Paediatric service (PANDA), and emergency care for those who self-refer would all remain at the RAH.
Catriona Renfrew, Director Planning and Policy, NHSGGC, said: “The engagement process involved a range of stakeholders who all shared their views on what the board is proposing.
“The Board today approved a formal consultation process beginning early November and we will now work with the SRG, who has agreed to meet to continue to provide advice, to develop the detail of the consultation process.
“Information on how to provide input on the consultation process will be widely available over the coming weeks.”
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