No ban on Glas­gow hos­pi­tals

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

NHS La­nark­shire has con­firmed that pa­tients in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang can con­tinue to use Glas­gow hos­pi­tals for tests and treat­ment.

As­so­ciate med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Christopher Mack­in­tosh broke the news this week in a let­ter to a Ruther­glen woman who claims she had been told by her GP prac­tice she would need to travel to Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal for ur­gent tests.

The woman, who does not wish to be named, says the trip would have meant a two-hour jour­ney on two buses each way to get there for the ap­point­ment.

Dr Mack­in­tosh states in his cor­re­spon­dence: “In plan­ning the change of bound­ary it was agreed at the out­set that hos­pi­tal flows would not change as a direct re­sult of the changes to health board bound­aries.

“To this end, pa­tients in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang can con­tinue to ac­cess the same acute hos­pi­tal ser­vices in Glas­gow. This con­tin­ues to be the case. I can con­firm that as part of the process to change bound­aries all GP prac­tices were com­mu­ni­cated with.”

Dr Mack­in­tosh has also of­fered to reaf­firm this with the prac­tice con­cerned: Ruther­glen Pri­mary Care Cen­tre.

The woman who raised the is­sue added:“I still do not know why I was told I would need to go to Mon­k­lands by my GP. When I ques­tioned this, all I was told was‘we’re in NHS La­nark­shire now’.

“It seems crys­tal clear that no one should be told this in re­la­tion to hos­pi­tal tests.”

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly wel­comed the news.

“This is a re­as­sur­ing re­sponse from the health board,”he said. “Pa­tients in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang will wel­come the guar­an­tee that they can con­tinue to ac­cess Glas­gow hos­pi­tals. “This is the ar­range­ment they would ex­pect. “I will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion to make sure it stays in place,”Mr Kelly added.

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