NHS say ser­vice has im­proved

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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