NHS say service has improved
NHS Lanarkshire have insisted Rutherglen and Cambuslang have benefitted from leaving NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde last year.
The two towns were absorbed into NHS Lanarkshire on April 1, 2014, with a raft of services being handed over fully in October.
Although the issue wasn’t discussed at NHS Lanarkshire’s latest AGM, in an exclusive statement to the Reformer the health board highlighted what they see as the major developments over the past 18 months.
In that time Rutherglen Primary care Centre has been given a £450,000 upgrade, creating additional accommodation.
This extra space has been used to provide 40 child and adolescent mental health service clinical sessions and has enabled 28 local clinical sessions for speech and language therapy as well as 10 additional psychological therapies.
An Integrated Community Support Team (ICST) has been introduced meaning there are now two to serve the Rutherglen/ Cambuslang area.
These teams provide 24/7 nursing and social work care cover.
NHS Lanarkshire also say there has been an increase in the number of nursing and other allied health posts in the area.
Earlier this month, additional staff has allowed the paediatric service at Cambuslang Clinic to be expanded meaning kids no longer need to go to the South Bank Child Development Centre for assessments.
In July this year a new treatment room service for patients of practices in Cambuslang was opened at the Clinic, providing services such as dressings, suture removal and taking blood.
Treatment room services are also available at the Rutherglen centre.
Other highlights of the year include the creation of a welfare advice hub which is being piloted in the area.
This allows patients to access welfare advice services alongside health services while GPs can refer patients to the hub for support and advice on debts and benefits.
The Ending Violence and Abuse (EVA) service has also been expanded across the area and recruited a new part-time clinical psychologist.
Podiatry Services in the area have also been expanded to reflect provision in other areas of Lanarkshire.
Finally, the Lanarkshire Local Enhanced Service has also been introduced to care homes in the area with improved GP cover such as medication reviews and longer consultations with patients and their relatives.
Craig Cunningham, Head of Health for the South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Following the boundary change, we have been working to build on existing health services in the area to improve local provision for the people of Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
“We have now introduced a range of developments that expand community health services and make a real difference to patients locally.
“We will look for further opportunities to make improvements in line with service developments across Lanarkshire.
“People in Rutherglen and Cambuslang will also continue to be able to access acute hospital services in Glasgow.”
We have been working to build on existing health services
Rutherglen Health Centre