If the Board’s intention is to ‘improve health and reduce inequalities’, why is the new Stobhill Hospital not having an Oncology (Chemotherapy) Unit as is planned for the new Victoria Hospital? I believe that the Southern General will also have such a unit.
Public consultation was carried out between 2000 and 2002 on the future provision of Acute Hospital Services in Greater Glasgow. This was followed by the development of the West of Scotland Cancer Plan, which determines distribution of services in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s chemotherapy services north of the River Clyde are based at the new Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre at Gartnavel, which also acts as the inpatient hub for the West of Scotland as whole. The plan was developed on the basis that centralising teams of specialists and cancer networks is in line with aspirations of providing patients north of the river and elsewhere with a world-class centre of excellence.
The re-design of cancer services will enable two centres for day chemotherapy services. Patients north of the river will attend the new Beatson and patients south of the river will attend the new Victoria Hospital. Once the latter new hospital is operational, there will be no further chemotherapy provision at the Southern General.