Con­sul­ta­tion on NHS fu­ture

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Mem­bers of the public are be­ing urged to have their say on the fu­ture of surgery at NHS Tay­side.

A public con­sul­ta­tion, which be­gan on July 3 and closes on Oc­to­ber 3, pro­poses mak­ing a num­ber of changes to the way sur­gi­cal ser­vices are de­liv­ered across Tay­side - in­clud­ing mov­ing all emer­gency surgery to Ninewells Hospi­tal in Dundee.

Perth Royal In­fir­mary (PRI) tem­po­rar­ily stopped emer­gency surg­eries last month due to a lack of staff.

As part of the con­sul­ta­tion, a public event is be­ing held to­day (Thurs­day) from 5pm un­til 7pm at Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil City Cham­bers at 2 High Street in the Fair City where there will be a pre­sen­ta­tion on the pro­pos­als.

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 op­tion to be dis­cussed at the con­sul­ta­tion event 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 public event, 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: “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.”

Feed­back can also be given online via www. nhstay­side.scot.nhs.uk un­til Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3.

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