Have a say on NHS plans for surgery move

Feed­back wanted on fu­ture of ops

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

Mem­bers of the pub­lic will be able to at­tend a num­ber of drop-in events next week to dis­cuss the fu­ture of surgery at NHS Tay­side.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, which be­gan on July 3, pro­poses mak­ing a num­ber of changes to the way sur­gi­cal ser­vices are de­liv­ered across Tay­side, which in­cludes mov­ing all emer­gency surgery to Ninewells.

This comes af­ter Perth Royal In­fir­mary tem­po­rar­ily stopped emer­gency surg­eries last month due to a lack of staff.

The events will be held on Mon­day, Septem­ber 18 from 3pm un­til 5pm, and again from 5.30pm un­til 7pm at Pit­lochry Town Hall, and will in­clude a pre­sen­ta­tion to the pub­lic.

This is fol­lowed by a fur­ther event on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 21 from 5pm un­til 7pm at Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil City Cham­bers at 2 High Street, and again will in­clude a pre­sen­ta­tion.

A spokesper­son for NHS Tay­side said: “Like all health boards in Scot­land, NHS Tay­side is fac­ing sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges in­clud­ing car­ing for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple with long-term and mul­ti­ple con­di­tions, a short­age of some groups of health staff and grow­ing de­mand for ser­vices.

“For these rea­sons, NHS Tay­side can­not keep de­liv­er­ing health ser­vices the way they have al­ways de­liv­ered them. Ser­vices through­out NHS Tay­side need to adapt to en­sure they meet the cur­rent and fu­ture needs of the pop­u­la­tion.”

The pre­ferred op­tion to be dis­cussed at the con­sul­ta­tion events would see all un­sched­uled surgery moved to Ninewells Hos­pi­tal in Dundee, with PRI and Stra­cathro Hos­pi­tal in An­gus in­creas­ing the amount of elec­tive surg­eries in­stead.

Dur­ing the two pub­lic dropin events next week, views will be gath­ered from ser­vice users, car­ers, staff and mem­bers of the pub­lic on the dif­fer­ent op­tions.

Pro­fes­sor Peter Stone­bridge, NHS Tay­side’s as­so­ci­ate med­i­cal di­rec­tor for surgery, said: “Peo­ple across Tay­side have al­ready given us valu­able feed­back and we hope that peo­ple will con­tinue to share their views on the pro­posed fu­ture model for sur­gi­cal ser­vices in Tay­side by com­ing along to the pub­lic en­gage­ment events.”

The con­sul­ta­tion, which in­cludes gath­er­ing feed­back on­line via www. nhstay­side.scot.nhs.uk, will run un­til Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3.

We hope peo­ple will con­tinue to share their views

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