NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed in 2005 that twelve overnight beds would be provided within the new Stobhill Hospital (opening in 2009). It later emerged that this would require a new build. This being so, why has the new build not been included in the building plan for the new Stobhill Hospital. Will the Board state where these beds will be located and at what cost?
In the original Outline Business Case for both the new Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals, neither had provision for short-stay beds. In the time since the Business Case was submitted, clinical developments in patient care have made short-stay recovery beds a feature in providing a greater range of clinical services and the provision of that care more locally. At the Victoria Hospital, it was possible to provide these beds within the existing design for the new building.
However, this was not possible within the new Stobhill design. It was originally planned to provide ‘slow-stream rehabilitation’ beds from the old hospital whilst it remained operational. However, the opportunity has presented to accelerate provision of both short-stay and the rehabilitation beds together in a new building. We have entered into a dialogue with Glasgow Healthcare Facilities Limited, the consortia undertaking the Stobhill and Victoria projects, to take this forward. We estimate that the new building will require a capital commitment of between £15 and £17 million.
This does mean that we are unable to have the final configuration of the New Hospital in place when the main building becomes operational in the summer of next year. We do think, however, that we will be able to conclude a deal that will allow the short-stay facilities to open in 2010.