Parents, councillors and representatives from voluntary organisations met today (Friday, 20 January) as part of the ongoing formal consultation shaping the future of paediatric hospital services for children from the Clyde area.
At the second public meeting in Paisley’s Wynd Centre, the audience heard from a panel of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) medical director and doctors from the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) and Royal Hospital for Children(RHC) that the move would improve the care for children in Clyde by giving them access to world class facilities.
The majority of care provided to children would continue to be provided locally. Outpatient services, the specialist Community Paediatric service (PANDA), and emergency care for those who self-refer would all remain at the RAH. It is anticipated around 8,0006 episodes of care would transfer with 12,063 continuing at the RAH.
Points raised by those attending the event included concerns over transport and journey times to the RHC and the impact these may have as well as the importance people attached to having a paediatric hospital facility locally.
Clinical staff already working at the new Royal Hospital for Children discussed a number of key benefits at the new hospital, including:
Dr Jennifer Armstrong, medical director, said: “The two events in Paisley this week were very productive. They allowed us to hear views about the proposed changes as well as giving us another chance to make sure local people fully understand what we are proposing.
“Under this proposal, young patients from Clyde would benefit from the same first class, state-of-the-art facilities as other children who already attend the hospital from across the West of Scotland.
“The new Royal Hospital for Children is one of the finest paediatric teaching hospitals in the UK and the largest in Scotland. The entire focus of RHC is around children and young people, with care provided in a child friendly environment.
“This is not about the quality of care at the RAH. The quality of care has been good for many years but the opening of the new hospital provides the opportunity to give the children of Clyde access to world-class facilities. The RAH simply cannot match these facilities at the state-of-the-art specialist children’s hospital.”
Travel surveys have been carried out for car, public transport and ambulance, and, for much of the wide catchment area served by the RAH, journey times to the RHC would be similar. Those concerned about parking spaces at the RHC were reassured that new arrangements have been in place at the site since mid October. Since these were introduced, patients and their visitors have better access to spaces next to the hospital.
Views are being sought as part of a formal three month consultation running until Monday, 6 February 2017.
To submit a response to the consultation, to find out more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Rachel Killick, Patient Experience Public Involvement Manager, by: